Teen pedestrian killed by car on Housely Ave.

Police investigating unusual accident on outskirts of Annapolis

April 27, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Kenneth Boston was walking with friends to meet his father for a ride home. But he never made it.

The 17-year-old was killed late Tuesday in an unusual accident on the outskirts of Annapolis -- one car running off the road an instant before the car behind it struck the high school senior.

The driver whose Honda Civic hit Boston was age 16. After stopping to give his name to the driver of the other vehicle, he drove away, police said.

Boston was a student and played basketball at the independent Book of Life Academy in Annapolis.

County police said yesterday that they are conducting an investigation that will be reviewed by the state's attorney's office.

Speaking for the grieving parents at their Gambrills home, Boston's aunt, Sharon Boston, said, "We leave it in God's hands. God knows what's best."

She said the family doesn't feel animosity toward the teen driver. "What good would it do? It won't bring him back.

"And I'm sure the driver is going through pain in his own way," she said.

Kenny, who hoped to play professional basketball, practiced with his twin 15-year-old brothers -- when they weren't watching wrestling, she said. "We always teased them about how they could sit and watch that stuff for hours," their aunt said.

The boys were close, she said. "This is hard."

Police said the 16-year-old driver was found at his home, questioned and released to his parents.

According to investigators, a Lincoln Town Car was in front of the Honda -- both traveling east on Housley Avenue about 10 p.m.

Police said they had not determined why the driver of the Lincoln swerved into the opposing traffic lane before the Honda hit Boston, who was walking along the side of the road with friends.

The impact knocked Boston against a tree. He was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital.

Police said the 45-year-old driver of the Lincoln -- a Crownsville resident -- was taken to the Southern District station where a breath test showed he had a blood alcohol level of .09, slightly higher than the level set by Maryland law for driving under the influence.

There was no indication that the younger driver had been drinking, police said.

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