Carroll teen struck by car while crossing street

December 08, 2006|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter

A 14-year-old Carroll County middle school student was struck by a car while crossing the street to board a school bus yesterday morning, Maryland State Police said.

About 8 a.m., Christopher Vain-Dolan was walking from his home on the eastbound side of Deer Park Road, near Bollinger Road, when the driver of a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle heading east on the road failed to stop and hit the teenager, State Trooper A.J. Hall said.

The bus was stopped in the westbound lane, with its warning lights on and "stop indicator" out.

Rachel Cosden, 21, was driving the Volkswagen, police said. The bus driver told police she honked when she saw the car coming "because she didn't think the vehicle would stop," Hall said.

"Most of this was attributed to sun glare in the morning," Hall said, and that might have hindered Cosden's ability to see the bus lights.

Vain-Dolan, who attends West Middle School in Westminster, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was listed in critical condition yesterday, police said.

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