'A great kid': 16-year-old North Harford student dies after being hit by car while running to catch school bus

This story is updated from an earlier version with additional details from Maryland State Police about the circumstances of the accident.

A 16-year-old North Harford High School student died after being hit by an SUV while running to catch a school bus Tuesday morning, Maryland State Police said.


The student, Kyle Lynam, was late to his school bus stop and ran into Norrisville Road in White Hall to try to catch up to the bus, Cpl. Ethan Brown, of the Bel Air Barrack of the Maryland State Police, said Tuesday. The accident was reported at 6:42 a.m.

Kyle’s bus stop was on the northbound side of Norrisville Road, the same side of the road where he lived, Lt. Tim Mullin, commander of the Bel Air Barrack, said Wednesday.


Kyle had missed the bus when it was heading north, and was trying to catch it on its return trip, Mullin said.

That bus travels farther north after Kyle’s stop and then turns around at White Hall Road and heads south, to pick up students who live on the southbound side, he said.

Kyle was running south on the northbound shoulder of Norrisville Road and when he tried to cross the road, he ran in front of a Chevy Tahoe, Mullin said.

Police don’t know, and most likely won’t ever know, whether Kyle didn’t see the Tahoe coming, or if he thought he could cross the road in time, Mullin said.


Kyle was hit by a 2015 Chevy Tahoe, according to a state police news release. The Tahoe was being driven by William P. Murphy Jr., 40, of Felton, Pa., whom police said is not facing any charges in the accident.

North Harford High 10th-grader Kyle Lynam was hit by an SUV and killed Tuesday morning while trying to catch his school bus, police said. The 16-year-old is pictured with his mom, Kimberly Lynam, two weeks ago before Kyle went to his school's homecoming dance.
North Harford High 10th-grader Kyle Lynam was hit by an SUV and killed Tuesday morning while trying to catch his school bus, police said. The 16-year-old is pictured with his mom, Kimberly Lynam, two weeks ago before Kyle went to his school's homecoming dance. (Courtesy Kimberly Lynam / Baltimore Sun)

Police believe the bus had its yellow lights activated and had not yet deployed the stop sign with flashing red lights or extended arm to signal to traffic in both directions to come to a stop, according to the news release.

Kyle was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he underwent emergency surgery and died around 10:30 a.m., Brown said.

Kyle was the only child of Kimberly and John Lynam, but he had four cousins he was close with, Kimberly Lynam said.

“They were like his brothers and sisters,” she said.

Kyle and Kimberly lived with Kimberly’s brother, David Hebden, and his wife, Victoria, during the school year so Kyle could go to North Harford.

“He called me his ‘Nana.’ He couldn’t say Aunt Vicky when he was younger, so he called me ‘Nana,’ ” Victoria Hebden said. “I was like his second mom.”

Kyle had been in the Boy Scouts organization for 11 years with Troop 809 and would have become a Life Scout at the end of this month, his mom said.

David Hebden was his Scoutmaster and den leader in Scouts. Kyle had just started getting ready to work on his Eagle Scout project, Victoria Hebden said.

Five people, including four students at a local high school who were waiting at a bus stop, were hurt when a car drove off the road and into the group of students on the sidewalk Tuesday morning in the Aspen Hill area in Montgomery County.

Becoming an Eagle Scout — the next step beyond Life Scout and the culmination of a scouting career — was important to Kyle, she said. Her sons, David and Stephen, were both Eagle Scouts.

“Our kids are so close. And he was just following in their footsteps. He wanted to make his parents proud and his uncle proud,” Victoria Hebden said.

Kyle was funny, always trying to make people laugh at his jokes, his mother said. He was outgoing, and respectful when he was supposed to be, Kimberly Lynam said.

“He just liked to chill and hang out with his friends,” Lynam said. “He liked to go camping and playing basketball with his cousins.”

The 10th-grader at North Harford loved school, too, she said, and his favorite subject was math.

”He was just a good kid, a great kid, a happy kid,” Hebden said. “He’d do anything for anybody. He wanted to make everybody proud of him and happy.”

Jake Schmidt, a 2018 graduate of North Harford High School and friend of Kyle, said he last saw the teen in late September at the school’s homecoming dance. It was the first time Schmidt, 18, had talked with Kyle in about a year.

He went to the dance with his girlfriend, along with Kyle and Kyle’s best friend, who is close friends with Schmidt’s girlfriend.

“We all took pictures and went out to the dance, and that was the last time I saw him,” Schmidt said Tuesday afternoon while working at the High’s convenience store at Route 24 and Route 165, about a half-mile west of the high school.

He said he has known of other North Harford students who died, but “this is the first kid that I actually knew, that I actually talked to a lot.”

Schmidt, who attends Harford Community College, said he and Kyle were part of the same group of friends that had breakfast together at school each morning, as well as some lunches.

The pair also had weight training classes together.

“He was a funny guy, tried to make jokes out of everything,” Schmidt recalled.

The friends grew apart during Schmidt’s senior year, though.

“It kind of feels like you should have stayed friends with them,” Schmidt said of the sudden loss. “You never know when somebody is going to pass away like that.”

Thomas Torbit, of Jarrettsville, met his grandson at the Eats & Sweets restaurant, just east of the high school, Tuesday afternoon.

Torbit said he has two grandsons who attend North Harford, where Lynam’s death was announced at the end of the school day Tuesday.

“I just feel bad for [Kyle’s] family, for all the kids that knew him personally,” he said.

Torbit said Kyle and his older grandson had been in the same Boy Scout troop in Jarrettsville, though his grandson left the Scouts at least a year ago.

Torbit said he did not know Kyle well but would greet him when visiting troop meetings.

“I know he was a good guy, a good kid,” Torbit said.

Jacob Mitich had made it to Round 2 of the Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., and had almost scored a touchdown when the shots rang out.

The Harford County school system will provide counselors for Kyle’s fellow students, spokeswoman Jillian Lader said.

“We have reminded students, encouraged them, to talk with someone at the school or their parents or guardians about any feelings they may have,” Lader said.

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman offered his condolences on social media Tuesday, tweeting: “Heartbroken over the accident this morning in North Harford and the loss of 16 yr old Kyle Lynam. My prayers are with his family and the north Harford High community. CryoftheHawk rings true today.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan and Aegis staff member David Anderson contributed to this article.

Harford County has been rocked by a shooting that has shattered its sense of itself. But after three such incidents in less than three years, longtime residents wonder: has the once rural county dotted with small, tight-knit communities changed beneath their feet?

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