Driver who struck 5-year-old turned himself in

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 16:39:44-04

Police say the driver of an SUV that struck and seriously wounded a child in Baltimore County over the weekend has turned himself in.

The victim is just five years old; he's still in critical condition at Johns Hopkins.

On Saturday police say he was crossing South Marilyn Avenue in Essex with a group of friends, when an SUV hit him, and then the driver kept going.

Now county police say a teenage boy has turned himself in, in connection with the crash.

Related: Juvenile suspect in custody for hit-and-run involving 5-year-old

He's a juvenile, so police have not released his name.

The speed limit on that portion of South Marilyn Avenue – near Sandlewood Elementary and Deep Creek Middle Schools -- is 25 miles an hour.  Residents we spoke with say they hardly ever see anyone going that slow.

“There should be a light is the high traffic area especially during kids we have five-year-olds walking from Hyde Park all the way to Sandelwood by themselves to there should be a light,” said resident Latoya Mendoza.

Baltimore County police have only described the suspect as a teenage boy.  He's been released as police and prosecutors prepare charges.