Teen hit by car tells police she had been drinking Girl says she doesn't know how she ended up in alley

March 04, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Elaine Tassy contributed to this article.

A Pasadena teen-ager who police say was drunk when she was hit by a police cruiser in a Towson alley early Sunday told police she had been drinking with friends and does not know how she ended up in the alley.

Shanon Marie O'Brien, 15, of the 1700 block of Bayside Beach Road said she had been riding around and drinking with at least 10 acquaintances before the 3: 18 a.m. accident, according to Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman.

"They had gone to several locations, including someone's house and a park," he said. "They had been drinking, and at some point during the evening, she lost her memory and she woke up in the hospital."

The girl told police she does not remember being hit by a car or how she got to the alley, and that she knows only the first names of the people she was with, Novak said.

The teen-ager, who suffered a broken hip and leg and head injuries, was in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a spokeswoman there.

Police are investigating where and how she got the alcohol, Novak said, as well as how she came to be in the alley.

According to a police account, Officer Steven Anderson was responding to a call about a car alarm sounding in the 8700 block of Lackawanna Ave. Anderson, aware of reports that the suspects were escaping down the alley behind Lackawanna Avenue, tried to intercept them.

Novak said Anderson thought initially that he had run over debris -- possibly a rolled up carpet -- but stopped immediately and called for help when he saw it was a person.

Although police are still investigating the accident, Anderson has returned to duty and there is no pending internal administrative investigation into his conduct, Novak said.

Yesterday, four cars were parked outside the O'Brien's house in the Alloway community of Pasadena.

A person identifying herself as the girl's older sister, but refusing to give her name, said O'Brien's mother was at Shock Trauma. She said publicity about the incident was overwhelming to the family and unfair to her sister.

She said her sister is a good student who does not habitually drink excessively. Asked if she knew what her sister was doing in a Baltimore County alley, she replied: "Honestly, no. I don't know what happened, I really don't."

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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