A 5-year-old Harford County boy is in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was accidentally struck by his parents' car Sunday in the family's Bel Air driveway, a hospital spokesman and sheriff's deputies said yesterday.
William Lorenz Moeser IV of the 1700 block of Berdan Court in the Green Ridge II neighborhood and his parents, Susan Moeser, 37, and William Moeser III, 39, were returning from a party about 1:30 a.m. when the incident occurred, sheriff's deputies said.
Mrs. Moeser parked the family's 1991 Mercury Cougar on the sloped driveway in front of their brick rancher and was getting out when the car began to roll backward, the deputies said.
As it rolled, Mrs. Moeser fell and was pinned beneath the vehicle, the deputies said, until Mr. Moeser stopped the car and then drove it forward to free his wife. She suffered minor leg injuries in the incident, deputies said.
Both parents told deputies they called out to their son during the incident, and because he answered promptly, the Moesers did not believe he had been hit by the car, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman.
But minutes later when the boy began to complain of stomach pain, his parents realized that the car might have hit him, the sergeant said.
The Moesers called paramedics, who took the boy and Mrs. Moeser to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where Mrs. Moeser was treated and released and her son was admitted in stable condition, Sergeant Hopkins said.
The investigation is continuing, but deputies believe the automatic transmission on the Moesers' car may not have been set completely in park, Sergeant Hopkins said.