Teen hit by patrol car tells police she had been drinking with friends

March 04, 1997|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF 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 morning has told police that she had been drinking with several 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 and drinking with at least 10 acquaintances during the hours 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."

Novak said the teen-ager told police she did not remember being hit by a car or how she got to the alley.

She said she knew only the first names of the people she was with, Novak said.

The girl suffered a broken hip and leg and head injuries. She was in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokeswoman there said.

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

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

Novak said Anderson first thought he had run over some debris in the alley -- possibly a rolled up carpet -- and that he immediately stopped and called for help when saw that it was the teen-ager.

Anderson has returned to duty, and there is no pending internal administrative probe into his conduct, Novak said.

At the Alloway community of Pasadena, four cars were parked outside the O'Brien house on a quiet street yesterday.

O'Brien's mother was at the Shock Trauma Center, an older sister of the injured girl said. She refused to give her name, saying the publicity surrounding her sister's plight was already overwhelming to the family and unfair to her sister.

She also said that she believes her sister is a good student who does not habitually drink excessively.

Asked whether she had any idea 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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