The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against a 16-year-old boy who allegedly failed to stop the SUV he was driving and hit a 12-year-old student in the parking lot of Patterson Mill Middle/High School in Bel Air on Friday.
The female middle school student was treated and transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for a broken leg, but questions remain regarding the boy and the vehicle he was driving during the accident.
The 16-year-old boy presumed to be the driver, who police confirmed is from Edgewood, is said to be a high school student at Patterson Mill and apparently attended school on Monday and Tuesday.
There are unconfirmed reports that the boy is the godson of a female Patterson Mill school custodian who lent him the vehicle he was driving during the accident. Also, unconfirmed reports indicate the boy either had only a driver’s permit, or is licensed, but did not have his license with him at the time of the incident.
Police charged the boy with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and failure to display license on demand.
According to police and reports from those on the scene, the boy was driving a green 1999 Ford Expedition from the loading dock area to the parking lot of the school. When exiting the loading dock area, a class was walking across to the fields. A teacher requested the boy stop the vehicle, but the truck continued and ran over the girl’s foot or leg.
Teri Kranefeld, Manager of Communications for Harford County Public Schools, said of the incident:
“Principal Thibeault sent out a message on Friday evening to all parents letting them know what we are legally allowed to release.”
“There are HIPAA privacy laws and this issue has become a personnel issue as well which we cannot discuss the details. However, please know that the school system will be thoroughly investigating this accident after the police have completed their investigation and release their findings to us.”
Sgt. David Betz, Public Information Officer for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, provided the following accident report:
Victim: 12 y/o female from Bel Air
Driver of vehicle: 16 y/o male from Edgewood
Charged with: Failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, failure to display license on demand
Synopsis: Male driving a green 99 Ford Expedition from the loading dock area to the parking lot. When exiting the loading dock area a class was walking across to the fields. Teacher requested the car to stop however the car continued and ran over the victim’s foot. Bel Air VFD responded, treated and transported to Upper Chesapeake.