North Point boy badly hurt in driveway mishap

December 03, 1990|By David Michael Ettlin

A 2-year-old boy was critically injured late yesterday afternoon when he was run over by a truck in the driveway of his Baltimore County home, authorities reported.

The victim, Jacob Germroth, was flown by state police medevac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital following the 4:15 p.m. accident in the 8100 block of Bletzer Road, in the North Point area.

According to the county police, Jacob had just arrived home with his father, Greg Germroth, in a 4X4 truck driven by a friend, 32-year-old Steven Davis of the 300 block of Shagbark Road in Essex, after a trip to a hardware store.

Officer Roy A. Jarrell, a county police accident investigator, said Mr. Germroth had stepped out of the truck carrying his son to open his driveway's gate for the truck.

Mr. Davis, after glancing at his daughter inside the truck, looked up to see the gates open and Mr. Germroth standing nearby. Apparently thinking the boy was away from the driveway, Mr. Davis drove the truck forward, Officer Jarrell said.

The driver stopped when Mr. Germroth suddenly pounded on the truck. They found the boy was beneath the right front wheel and had been dragged two feet across the asphalt surface, Officer Jarrell said.

Young Jacob was listed in critical condition last night in the Hopkins pediatric intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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