Argument over football game leaves teen-ager in disbelief

Woman accused of driving into three girls

November 11, 2001|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

Lakia White could not believe her eyes when the small black car sped her way. She knew the driver, Jody Marie Kittel, was angry at the pack of children playing football outside her townhouse on a quiet Glen Burnie street.

But White, 13, remained disbelieving yesterday that the car had plowed into her and two other Glen Burnie girls Thursday afternoon, sending all three to the hospital.

Kittel, 20, of the 6400 block of Lamplighter Ridge Road was charged with first-degree assault and remained under house arrest after posting $35,000 bail yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said.

White said the afternoon started with her brother and a half-dozen friends playing football on Lamplighter Ridge Road as she and several girls watched.

During the game, the football hit the ground, bounced and hit Kittel's parked car, said Ashley Conaway, 14, who was watching from her porch next door to Kittel's home. The ball left a small dent, she said.

Kittel emerged from her home and told the youths to move their game up the street, police said. They moved their game, but police said one apparently made a joke about Kittel's Honda CRX.

As the youths laughed, Kittel said, "I've got something for you all to laugh about," police reported.

She then went back into her home and re-emerged with her car keys. Conaway said she thought Kittel would rev the engine a few times to scare the children. But instead, White said, the car roared out of its spot about 5 feet away, jumped the curb and hit the girls.

"I don't remember what I was thinking. I was listening to my headphones, and I just panicked," said White, who hit the windshield, rolled off and found herself under the car.

Kittel quickly drove away, later saying she left because she was afraid, police said.

White said she suffered a gash on her back and bruises on her legs. Her friend, 17-year-old Danielle Dailey, suffered a broken collarbone. Another friend, 13-year-old Kiandra Coates, hurt her back, White said. All three girls were treated at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore and released.

Kittel did not answer her door yesterday and did not return repeated phone calls. Alcohol was not involved in the incident, police said.

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