Boy Scout, 11, struck by car is critically injured


An 11-year-old Westminster boy was in critical condition last night after he was struck by a car on Littlestown Pike as he delivered holiday citrus fruit for his Boy Scout troop.

Thomas Richard O'Farrell 3rd of the 400 block of Sullivan Ave. was delivering oranges and grapefruit with his father in the 4300 block of Littlestown Pike, about eight miles north of Westminster, when the youth ran in front of a southbound car driven by Karen Marie Rinehart, 24, of Littlestown, state police said.

The O'Farrell youth, the son of a well-known Westminster auctioneer, was flown to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center after the 5 p.m. accident.

The boy, whose 12th birthday is four days after Christmas, was wearing a dark blue jacket and blue jeans.

Police said Ms. Rinehart did not see the boy in front of her car.

Police said the boy was knocked into the air and landed on the west side of the road near the lawn of the house where he was going to deliver five boxes of oranges and grapefruit.

The boy's father, Thomas Richard O'Farrell 2nd, was parked along the east shoulder of the road in a truck that contained other cartons of fruit they were delivering, police said.

Rescue workers from the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company treated the boy to stabilize his condition for almost an hour before he was placed in a state police MedEvac helicopter for the flight to Hopkins.

Rush-hour traffic was backed up for more than two miles on the busy highway after the accident.

Police said no charges were filed against Ms. Rinehart.

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