Boy, 5, hit by car dies police press search for driver

Witnesses to accident in Baltimore are sought

April 18, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 5-year-old boy who lost control of his bicycle and was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore has died, and city police have stepped up their search for the driver, who left the scene.

Police also are looking for a man who draped a coat over the injured child until an ambulance arrived, then left. "He could be a very important witness," said Officer Larry Davis of the traffic investigation section.

The child, Hassan Dorsey, who lived in the 3700 block of W. Cold Spring Lane, was pronounced dead at 11: 40 p.m. Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Police said he had suffered massive head injuries.

Davis said Hassan was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk heading east on West Cold Spring Lane near his house when his brakes failed about 5: 30 p.m. He veered into the road in front of a parked car and fell off the bike into the path of a car.

Police were unsure whether he fell into the front or the side of the car, described only as a large cream-colored vehicle with possible front-end damage. The driver was male, and a passenger wore a hat.

The driver faces charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident. It would be up to the state's attorney's office to determine if any charges should be filed in connection with the death. Davis said it appears the accident is the result of pedestrian error.

Anyone with information may call the traffic investigation section at 396-2609.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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