Police seek hit-and-run motorist BALTIMORE COUNTY

December 05, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A 16-year-old athlete returned to his home in Pikesvill yesterday, laced with pain-killers and wondering why the driver who struck him Thursday evening sped away and left him lying in Old Court Road with his right leg shattered.

Aaron Jacob Schmookler of the 3100 block of Szold Drive said he was leaving Beth Tfiloh school with a friend and crossing Old Court Lightfoot Drive, when a station wagon "came out of nowhere," struck him and "was already 40 feet down the road" when he saw it.

Baltimore County police are seeking the driver of a blue, 1986 to 1989 Ford Taurus station wagon with a luggage rack -- but no rear view mirror, which broke off and was left at the scene when the car struck the victim.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman, said the vehicle has a sticker on the right rear bumper with a light background and dark writing. It may also have damage on the left front quarter panel, he said.

Asked about the driver who struck him, the youth said yesterday, "I think I could rip his head off."

But he was eager to thank three good Samaritans who stopped to help. The first was trained in emergency medicine; the second was a nurse, and the third was a doctor who already had used her car phone to call for help.

"I guess I couldn't have gotten hit at a better time. I don't know their names, but I want to thank them."

The accident occurred at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, after the youth had crossed the westbound lane of Old Court Road and was at the center line, about to enter the eastbound lane, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

"The person may have panicked when it first happened," Sergeant Doarnberger said, "but now that he or she has had a chance to think about it, they very well may be feeling guilty and are hopefully ready to turn themselves in."

At home yesterday afternoon, just after his release from Sinai Hospital, the Schmookler youth said, "I remember it all very clearly, so clearly -- everything."

He said he looked both ways before "sort of jogging across, and I heard my friend say 'Aaron, look out! Look out!' and I felt and heard a car hit me, and I spun around and saw the back of the car. I remember not feeling any pain, saying 'I'm fine, I'm fine' and trying to stand up and seeing my leg flopping around, and I just lay there. My friend stopped the traffic."

A high school junior, Aaron said he had just completed the soccer season, and he hopes to get back into shape in time for baseball. He plays second and third base.

"It's extremely frightening," he said of the experience. "People keep telling me how lucky I am."

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