An Anne Arundel County man was in critical but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after being struck by a car Tuesday while running from a loose pit bull, police said.
According to a police report, Rudolph Hack, 45, of Severn was walking along the 900 block of Reece Road about 1 p.m. when the dog escaped from its owner's yard and charged toward him. In an effort to escape the animal, Hack ran into the road, where he was struck by the car.
Police said the driver of the car, 38-year-old Kelly Lee Taylor of Severn, tried to avoid hitting Hack by swerving. Instead, she skidded in her 2002 Ford Focus and struck Hack. The impact tossed the victim 10 feet from the car, and he landed on the pavement. Hack suffered injuries to his head and face.
The owner of the pit bull, Wilbur Francis Keyser Jr. of the 900 block of Reece Road, told police he was mowing his lawn when the incident occurred. Keyser said he had put the dog indoors earlier that morning, and believes that his 2-year-old daughter let the dog out. Keyser also told police that his dog is friendly and has never attacked or bitten a pedestrian.
Anne Arundel County police are investigating, with the help of the state's attorney's office.