Student jumps from car, is hit by SUV

May 21, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS

A Mount Hebron High School senior jumped from a moving car on Route 99 shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday night, ran across the road and was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by a fellow senior, according to Howard County police.

Jamila Haley Palmer, 18, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and later released. An e-mail sent to Mount Hebron parents Friday said that Palmer suffered minor scratches on her head and back and is home resting.

The driver of a 2003 Toyota Highlander, Ashley Danielle Lohmeyer of Ellicott City, suffered no injuries. The accident, which occurred near Old Raleigh Tavern Lane, was ruled to have been caused by pedestrian error.

It was not known why Palmer jumped out of the car. Pfc. Jennifer Reidy, a police spokeswoman, said that she did not know how fast the car was traveling but that the 17-year-old driver was charged with driving without a license. Reidy did not release his name because he is a juvenile.

The accident occurred near the site of an accident that took the life of 18-year-old Mount Hebron student Michelle Iampieri on Feb. 17.

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