The man who survived after being struck by a vehicle outside Mondawmin Mall earlier this month was released from the hospital last week with extensive injuries to his head, neck and back that he said have left him unable to return to his floral shop and outreach center in the Mondawmin neighborhood.
The Rev. Keith Bailey, a chaplain for the Baltimore Police Department and president of the Fulton Heights Community Organization, was at the mall the afternoon of March 1 handing off flowers to a client celebrating a retirement party.
The last thing he remembers is hugging her before turning to enter the Shoppers Food Market, where he was struck on the sidewalk, he said.
Then, nothing, until he woke up in the hospital without his shoes.
“They told me I went up in the air,” Bailey said. “I couldn’t even talk when I got home; my speech was gone.”
Bailey was one of two men hit by a vehicle in front of the Shoppers Food Market around 3:25 p.m. March 1. The other, Garrick Williams Jr., a community-cherished coach for FCA Baltimore Park Heights Secret Society Saints, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said at the time of the crash it was unclear whether the driver, who was stopped at the scene, was under the influence or suffered a medical emergency. Baltimore City Police Department spokesperson Detective Chakia Fennoy wrote in an email Saturday that no one has been arrested or charged in the crash.
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