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4-year-old dies when hit by car

July 09, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - A 4-year-old boy died Thursday afternoon after he ran in front of a car in the 7400 block of Mountain Laurel Road north of Boonsboro.

William Benjamin Austin, 4, of 7433 Mountain Laurel Road, was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital following the 12:35 p.m. accident, Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy 1st Class Scott Smith said in a written release.

At the scene, Smith said a blue sedan was being driven away from Boonsboro on a straight stretch of the mostly windy and hilly road when the youngster ran out in front of the car.

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Smith said that "speed was not a factor in the accident and there are no charges pending at this time."

Jean Eloise Mann, 61, of Boonsboro, was the driver of the car.

After the accident, Mann sat crying in the passenger seat of a police cruiser as police sprayed paint near the tires of her car and on the ground where the child had fallen.

Mann's grandson, Brian Taylor, 20, of Keedysville, was a passenger in Mann's car.

Taylor, who was standing inside a cordoned area while police investigated the accident, said Mann was taking him to work at the Long Meadow Shopping Center CVS store when the accident happened.

He said his grandmother, who has two other grandchildren and one child, was not handling the accident well.

"I have no words for it. It's just ... it's crazy," he said.

Jarrett Rottmund, 29, was mowing his lawn when the accident happened, and called 911.

He said that the Boonsboro Fire Department arrived within about three minutes of the call, but it "seemed like an hour."

Paramedics arrived shortly afterward and a Maryland State Police helicopter landed in a nearby yard, he said.

Rottmund said that before rescue crews arrived, William's mother gave her son mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as another man pumped the boy's chest.

Smith said in the written release that when deputies arrived on the scene, they were told by paramedics that William was not breathing.

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