Police seek information on hit-and-run driver

October 20, 1993

County police are asking for help in identifying a hit-and-run driver who struck a 17-year-old man in Odenton on Saturday, fought with the victim's friends, then fled in an old, blue car.

The victim, Chandler Ricardo Dorsey, of the 2400 block of Sunshine Way in Gambrills, underwent surgery on his left elbow at North Arundel Hospital. He was released Monday.

Police said Mr. Dorsey and a friend had stopped their cars on Piney Orchard Parkway, near Odenton Road, about 8:20 p.m. Mr. Dorsey was standing behind his car on the shoulder of the road when he noticed a car starting to drift toward him.

The friend dove out of the way, but the car struck Mr. Dorsey as he tried to run toward the front of his car, police said.

Mr. Dorsey was thrown onto the hood of the moving car, where his head shattered the windshield. He was tossed to the hood of his own car, then rolled into a ditch on the side of the road.

The victim's friend, whom police would not identify, jumped into his car and chased the driver. He caught up to the man, who got our of his car and started to run away, at Stoney Hill Court.

The friend caught the assailant and began fighting, but stopped when the man said he would wait for police. But as the friend went to a nearby house to call, the man went back to his car and drove away.

The car was described as very old, possibly a blue Ford. It had a dent in the right side of the front end and possibly a dent in the hood. The license number was 539-190. The state was unknown, though the plate possibly was white with green lettering.

The driver of the car was described as a white male, 40 to 50 years old, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He had a bushy beard and mustache and was wearing silver-framed glasses, jeans, a denim "Harley-Davidson" jacket, a thick black belt and black boots.

Anyone with information should call the Western District of the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 222-6155.

Archbishop Spalding wins education award

Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn has been named a blue-ribbon award winner by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming only the fifth school in Maryland to receive the award and the first in Anne Arundel County.

The Catholic high school's principal, Barbara Schwitzer, will join other educators from across the country tomorrow in an award ceremony at the White House with Vice President Al Gore.

Spalding is one of 260 secondary schools in the United States to be commended for exceptional achievement in such areas as leadership, teaching environment, curriculum and instruction and parental support.

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