Early Saturday evening, 13 year old Dannard Claiborne was crossing Hillsdale Road when a Chrysler 300 ran him over and kept driving. Dannard was on his way to a vigil being held in honor of his great aunt. One of his family members had stopped traffic to allow everyone to safely cross the road. Traffic was stopped for a time, but one car, the Chrysler 300, started revving its engine and plowed right over Dannard without ever stopping. Dannard suffered serious injuries in the accident, but doctors believe he will make full recovery.
License plate information or any identifying characteristics of the driver are unknown at this time. However, witnesses describe the car as being either silver or gold. The vehicle was last seen heading north on Hillsdale Road. Baltimore Police are asking anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or its driver to call them at 410-396-2606.
Hit and run accidents are devastating no matter who the victim is. How somebody can run a young boy over and keep driving is unimaginable. While the driver of the Chrysler vehicle can be charged with a hit and run for hitting poor Dennard and driving off, it is not as clear as to whether Dannard is able to collect any compensation from the driver for the injuries suffered. Maryland is a contributory negligence state, which means that if somebody is injured, but the cause of their injuries is due in part to some negligent action they took themselves, they cannot recover any compensation. Even someone who is 1% negligent cannot recover any compensation if they are injured in an accident that is 99% caused by another party. We do not know any of the circumstances surrounding this case, so we can only speculate at this time.
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