Scared 6-year-old Jumps From Car As It Rolls Away

March 27, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A 6-year-old Linthicum boy was injured Monday morning after he panicked and jumped out of the family car, which had started rolling down a driveway after the emergency brake apparently failed.

The boy, Travis Bruce Armstrong, was run over by the car after he fell to the ground. He was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in good condition yesterday.

Police say Travis and his 12-year-old brother, Michael Timothy Dougherty, were sitting in the back seat of a 1988 Isuzu waiting for their mother, Vicky Ann Dougherty, to come out of the house with another child in the unit block of Mountain Road in Linthicum Heights.

The police report says Dougherty had left the car running with the emergency brake engaged. As Dougherty came out of the house, she saw thecar start to roll backward down the driveway.

Michael, who was not injured, told police the car "had been at a standstill, but then all of a sudden started to drift backward. He stated that he told (Travis) to hold on, but before all the words were said, Travis had jumpedout."

Travis, sitting behind the driver's seat, jumped out the window and onto the driveway. Police say the driver's side front wheel ran over him. The report does not say where Travis was struck.

Thecar continued to roll down the driveway, crossed Mountain Road, and stopped after hitting a 1985 Ford, owned by neighbor Raymond Stanley Hood, which was parked on the side of the road.

Police say the carhad the emergency brake on when it came to a stop on Mountain Road. They say no charges will be filed.

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