Boy, 9, dies after struck by hit-and-run driver Third-grader was leaving school in West Baltimore

June 07, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A third-grader was struck and fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver yesterday afternoon as he and several other students were leaving Franklin Square Elementary School in West Baltimore.

Pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from multiple injuries was Adrian Senpalle Lee, 9, of the 1500 block of Hollins St.

Police said Adrian darted into the street near the school in the 1400 block of W. Lexington St., about 100 feet east of a crosswalk at Stricker Street, where a crossing guard was on duty.

A westbound 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with temporary license tags struck the boy and kept going.

Students who witnessed the accident cried and fled. Some ran into the school and alerted teachers.

Rodney Waters, a teacher at Franklin Square, told police he was outside the school when he saw the Oldsmobile approach.

Waters said he did not witness the child being struck but heard the impact.

Police said Waters got into his pickup truck and briefly followed the vehicle before losing it.

He returned to the school, and was with police officers when the car was found abandoned in the 200 block of N. Gilmor St., about two blocks away.

Residents there told police they saw two young men get out of the Oldsmobile and flee.

The car was towed to police headquarters for examination. Attempts were being made there to trace its ownership or find out if it had been stolen.

Stephanie Powell, 39, the boy's aunt and guardian, said she was driving to the school to pick up Adrian and his brother, Tyrone, 11, when she saw the ambulance.

When told by a teacher that it was Adrian who had been injured, she accompanied him to Shock Trauma where he died in surgery 3: 26 p.m.

"He was such a good boy and was loved by his teachers," Powell said.

Through a spokesman, city School Superintendent Walter G. Amprey expressed sympathy to the child's family.

The superintendent said a crisis team would be at Franklin Square Elementary School today to counsel students and teachers.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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