Kwante Betters and Lauren Bielanski, both 19, were trying to find jumper cables after their van stalled on Southeast Boulevard near Turkey Point Road in Essex about 10 p.m. Friday, according to police. Betters saw a red Ford F-150 pickup truck approaching and pushed Bielanski out of its path. The truck struck the disabled van and Betters, throwing him into the road.
The truck failed to stop after the crash, police said. Christina Campbell, 32, of Essex, was identified as the driver. Campbell was arrested and will face hit-and-run charges and other traffic charges. Police did not have information as to whether she had been tested for alcohol or drugs at the time of her arrest.
According to a Facebook profile that appears to be Betters', he has been released from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police did not immediately have information on his injuries.