Woman hit by car, left on street Teen driver sought in Arnold accident

January 02, 1995|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel County police are seeking the driver of a car that hit a 60-year-old Arnold woman, who was left battered and forced to crawl 20 yards to her front door for help in freezing temperatures.

Shirley McManus, of the 100 block of Baybourne Drive, was in stable condition at Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday with a shattered knee, several broken ribs and a gash across her forehead, her son Jim McManus said.

Police could not give a complete description of the dark-colored car that struck the woman about 12:05 a.m. Friday, but said it probably has extensive damage to the windshield and front end.

Mrs. McManus told family members she was walking her dog when the car, driven by a teen-ager who had run a stop sign at an intersection on Baybourne Drive, hit her from behind, Mr. McManus said.

"The kid, after he hits her, comes back around, stops and says to her: 'Someone just hit you, but it wasn't me,' " Mr. McManus said his mother told him.

Mr. McManus, who described the accident from his mother's bedside, said the teen-ager helped his mother into his car and drove her about an eighth of a mile to her home.

He helped her out of the car and onto the curb, then told her he had to turn the engine off, Mr. McManus said his mother told him. But instead of coming back, he drove away.

"It took her an hour and 40 minutes to crawl to the front door," Mr. McManus said. "She finally got to the door and pounded on it until my sister woke up and found her."

He said the dog, a small poodle named Henry, ran back and forth between Mrs. McManus and the door while she crawled up the lawn.

He said his mother had 20 stitches for the wound in her head.

Anyone with information about the accident can call police at 222-6145.

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