2 Year Old Hit By Car, Neighbors Fear Road Is Unsafe
WORCESTER CO., Md. - A 2 year-old boy, hit by a car driving down the road in front of his house. Neighbors say that with the twists and turns in the road, it's something they worry could happen again.
"With the turns in the road, you can't really see a child until it's too late," says Sheree Piche, who lives one house away from where the crash happened.
It was a horrifying end Mother's Day, a two year-old boy, struck by a car while playing in the yard Sunday evening.
Out with a 12-year-old family friend, family, and other friends, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office says the toddler started to wander toward Sinepuxent Road.
Lt. Ed Schreier, spokesperson for the Worcester County Sheriff's Office says "the 12 year old saw this and reached out to grab the two year old to pull him out of the road because a car was coming."
Describing the scene, Piche tells us, "we heard the screams."
Sheree Piche and her three year old daughter were at home eating dinner when it happened, "I was crying. We all said a blessing at the table, praying for the family and the child."
According to police, the driver stopped, immediately, and took the boy and his mother to a nearby hospital, before they were flown to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The two year old, with serious injuries.
For Sheree, it's a harrowing reminder of the dangerous twists in this quiet, country road, saying "we try and keep them away from the road 'cause it's terrifying."
Dennis Naughton owns a horse stable just across the street.
"There are blind corners all over this thing," Naughton says.
Naughton says he's seen so many cars veer off the road over the years, he took matters into his own hands to keep them and his property safe.
"I ended putting a ditch along here, relatively gentle slopes. More as car catchers," describes Naughton.
In 11 years, he says nearly a dozen cars and motorcycles have driven into the ditch.
As Sheree watches her young daughter play outside, only a year older than the boy who was hit, she urges drivers "slow down."
We spoke to a member of the family Monday evening, who says the two year old is conscious and responsive, but will likely have to undergo surgery. Police say he's expected to make a full recovery.
The driver, identified as Thomas Purnell Junior, was cited for driving on an expired license and without insurance, though alcohol and speed don't appear to be factors in the crash.
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