Teens Recovering After Incident At School Parking Lot; Family Statement: ‘Thank You Sincerely’

BERLIN – Two local teenagers are recovering after being run over by a fellow student at Stephen Decatur High School on Monday.

A male and female student were airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore after being struck by a van in the student parking lot just before 8 a.m. May 23. Daryl McCready, a SonRise Church pastor whose daughter was one of the students injured, says both are recovering.

“The outpouring of love and support from our SonRise Church family, other sister churches, school administrators and staff, as well as the community at large has been humbling and very overwhelming,” he said. “Thank you sincerely. We do ask that the same be extended to the driver and his family as well as this was an unfortunate accident and everyone was left wounded.”

A statement on the school system’s website Monday reported that at approximately 7:50 a.m. two Decatur students sustained injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident that occurred in the school’s parking lot.

According to McCready, the students were backed over by a conversion van driven by another high school student. His daughter suffered multiple fractures, abrasions and a laceration to her liver. The male victim was reported to have suffered multiple injuries as well before being released mid-week.

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McCready thanked local fire and EMS personnel for their quick response following the accident.

“We are a blessed community,” he said.

According to school officials, juniors and seniors are permitted to drive to school at Decatur. There are currently 227 students with parking passes.

When asked if Monday’s incident would lead to any changes at in the school’s parking policy, Worcester County Public Schools spokesperson Carrie Steers said safety was always the priority.

“The school and district will continue to be diligent in ensuring student safety both within its building and on its grounds,” she said. “This incident was extremely traumatic for all involved.”

The names of the injured individuals as well as the driver of the vehicle have been withheld from publication due to the fact they are minors.

About The Author: Charlene Sharpe

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Charlene Sharpe has been with The Dispatch since 2014. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the University of Richmond, she spent seven years with the Delmarva Media Group before joining the team at The Dispatch.