Baltimore County police were searching yesterday for the driver of a blue Mercedes that hit a 15-year-old boy the night before as he tried to help an accident victim on Paper Mill Road.
Dan Lally of the 14000 block of Quinn Lane in Baldwin was on his way home from Hunt Valley Mall with a friend at 10:10 p.m. Friday when they saw a car that had run off the road and into a tree on Paper Mill Road near Green Branch Drive in Phoenix, said Cpl. Thomas McCreer.
Young Lally, a junior at Loyola High School in Towson, said he was at the driver's-side door of the car when the blue Mercedes came around the curve and hit him, pinning his left leg against the tree the first car had hit.
"I was talking to the driver of the car that had hit the tree and trying to make sure he didn't need any help," the youth said yesterday from his room at St. Joseph Hospital.
The Lally youth said a woman who had stopped alongside the road and offered to call police was partly blocking traffic when the Mercedes came around the curve; the driver appeared to have slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting her. But the Mercedes started sliding toward him and his friend Alex Allman, 16, who was standing next to him.
"I tried to jump over the car that had hit the tree," young Lally said. "But the car caught my left leg, and I was stuck there. I started banging on the car telling him to back up and he did."
The Allman youth, of Phoenix, said the driver of the Mercedes, just "stared at us" as Dan pounded on the hood.
"Then he backed up and kept going," he said. "I thought he would pull over to the side of the road, but he just kept going up Paper Mill Road toward Jacksonville."
Corporal McCreer said the Mercedes was a 200-series sedan from model year 1981 to 1991. The driver had a woman with him.
"It was going too fast," young Allman said. "The roads were really slick because it had been raining. It was just misting at the time of the accident."
Corporal McCreer said as a result of the accident, the Mercedes has extensive damage to the right front fender and hood. It also has a broken right headlight.
Young Lally is in a lot of pain and is being treated for a broken left leg and ankle, said his father, Robert Lally, adding that his son also has severe damage to his heel.
"It's unreal," Mr. Lally said. "The fact is that there was a man and woman in the car, and they obviously had a reason not to stop. Maybe they had been drinking or they had a bad driving record."
The young Lally is a member of the Loyola lacrosse team and said he hopes to have recovered from his injuries by the time the season starts.
"The doctor said I should be, but maybe I'll be a step slower," he said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the accident to call the Cockeysville police district at 887-1820.