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Parkton-area woman dies after hit-and-run accident Mother of 2 struck during bike ride


In yesterday's editions of The Sun, a story about th hit-and-run death of Karen M. Schroeder omitted information about her work with the Maryland School for the Blind. Mrs. Schroeder was director of nursing there.

The Sun regrets the error.

A 48-year-old mother of two, out for her daily bike ride, was killed by a hit-and-run driver yesterday on Middletown Road near Parkton, Baltimore County police said.

Karen M. Schroeder of the 2900 block of Kidds Schoolhouse Road was found by a passing motorist at 6:45 a.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger.

Mrs. Schroeder, a nurse with the Maryland School for the Blind, had been hit from behind on the two-lane road about 2 miles from her home, police said. She was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died at 9 a.m.

Kathy Otto, a neighbor of the Schroeder family, described Mrs. Schroeder as a "wonderful, wonderful person" with many interests outside her nursing career. She cycled daily and was an avid runner, Mrs. Otto said.

She said the Schroeder family began raising sheep about two years ago and Mrs. Schroeder was learning to spin the wool herself. Mrs. Schroeder started making her first sweater last Christmas, she said.

Mrs. Schroeder and her husband were gardeners as well, and canned the fruits and vegetables they grew. The family also staged the neighborhood's annual Christmas party, Mrs. Otto said. The couple has two sons.

"They're just wonderful neighbors," Mrs. Otto said. "They'd do anything for you. She was very giving."

Police are asking that anyone with information about the accident, which took place just south of Freeland Road between 6:15 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., call the county's Western Traffic Division at 887-1344.

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