Police seek Route 32 hit-and-run driver; Girl, 15, was treated at hospital for knee and foot injuries


State police are looking for the driver of a red Pontiac Grand Am who sped away after striking a 15-year-old girl Saturday as she walked with friends outside a homecoming dance at Westminster High School.

Michelle Rowan, a ninth-grader, was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated for knee and foot injuries, she said yesterday from her Westminster home.

"We all saw the car slowing, as if it were going to stop, or I never would have stepped off the curb," she said. "But the car never stopped."

Rowan said it was "scary," seeing the car about to slam into her, but "I don't remember anything except spinning," she said.

A half-dozen witnesses told state police the Grand Am was traveling north on Route 32 when it struck Rowan at the edge of the roadway soon after 8 p.m., flipping her over the car's hood and onto its windshield.

"I landed in the road and could hear my friends screaming," Rowan said. "They thought I was dead, because I wasn't moving.

"I was laughing when they got me up to get me out of the road. They almost forgot to check for traffic coming the other way before helping me off the road," she said.

According to state police, witnesses said the driver slowed after hitting the girl, but then sped away toward Westminster. They said the license plate on the car had a tinted screen.

Rowan said she planned to return to school today, using crutches to keep the weight off her sprained right knee and foot.

The hit-and-run vehicle likely has front-end and windshield damage, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Tfc. George Frazier of the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

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