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SUV Strikes Child, Crashes into Main Street Store

A car struck a 12-year-old boy before crashing through the front of Horse Boutique on Main Street in Annapolis.

UPDATE: (2:14 p.m.)—The driver of a black Ford Edge crashed through the front of Horse Boutique at 158 Main St. while attempting to parallel park around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Battalion Chief John Menassa said.

"We were on our way to the boat show when the car came up and clipped my son," Kristen Wood said. "I was very startled ... I wish it was me and not [him.]"

Wood's 12-year-old son William McCurdy was struck in the right hip by the sport utility vehicle. He was checked out by emergency personnel and suffered only minor injuries.

McCurdy said he was scared when it happened, but he felt OK. 

He and his mom will be skipping the Powerboat Show. The family traveled to Annapolis from Pittsburgh this weekend for the show. Wood said on Friday night she warned her kids on the part of the sidewalk that was furthest away from the street when going around downtown Annapolis because she had a feeling a car was going to "jump the curb."

"My kids thought I was crazy," Wood said.

The accident happened when a young, female driver tried to parallel park.  The car behind them "was getting kind of restless," Menassa said. 

"People behind her were beeping their horns," Wood said.

Witnesses said the driver appeared to have hit the gas while she was in reverse, and the SUV spun up onto the curb and through the store front.

Menassa said two minor injuries were reported, but no one required transportation to the hospital. A building inspector was requested from the city, but Menassa said it appeared as if the damage was mostly cosmetic.

The Horse Boutique is open for business despite the accident.

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Tricia Stock October 13, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I'm sorry but you gotta really work hard to jump that curb right there. I That section of main street has a very high curb. Either the car accelerator stuck or that women really screwed up and didn't know what she was doing.
Ralph Johnson October 13, 2012 at 06:51 PM
If she gets a traffic vilation citatation, it would be good to give the impatient beeping horns one too.
Sandra Dorsett Jeffery October 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
People need to show a little more patience. Honking your horn at me only makes me slow down (and maybe even check to make sure I'm not doing something wrong!). Plus you are not in my driving position, so let me do my own driving. Glad the young boy and Mom are okay. And that young girl will not try to parralel park again for many, many years.
Matt P October 13, 2012 at 08:48 PM
From the looks of those photos it seems the writer of this story got some details wrong. She was obviously perpendicular parking.
Mike October 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Thank God no one was badly hurt. Looks like someone cut the wheel hard right for the first part of parallel parking, then accidentally applied way too much gas, possibly hitting the gas instead of the brake halfway though.
Marty Sippel October 14, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Isn't the Edge the car that's supposed to be able to park itself?
bill October 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
that was my son thank GOD hes ok
Jesse October 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
That's a new Explorer not an Edge. And if u get that option the Edge can park itself.
Contributor October 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The driver and her mother who was the passenger were also very upset. People do need to show a little more patience and I wish the driver who was honking ther horn could also be cited. Happy that everyone is ok.
Bobbi Farquhar October 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Clearly this was a young driver...people just need more patience. Parallel parking is something even the most experienced drivers can get flustered at doing, so take a new driver, add an impatient car behind her and these types of things can happen. I'm really glad no one got hurt and hope that people can give this poor kid a break.
Calique October 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Wow I think that mom is psychic!!! She had a "feeling" a car was going to "jump the curb"!! That ridiculous statement turned her from a caring mom into a raving idiot. That said, people on Main St need to chill the heck out when folks are parallel parking. A few years ago, I was heading up Main St, saw an open spot, stopped and put my car into reverse to parallel park. Before I even started to back up, the dummy behind be came right up to my rear bumper and laid on the horn. Really? I just sat there with my reverse lights on and let her honk away until she tired of her tantrum. After she went around me, I proceeded to carefully and properly park. A small amount of patience and courtesy to other drivers will keep YOU safer and less stressed out.
Kris October 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
This comment is for Calique.....I guess you don't have any kids! You have no idea what that mom felt when her son got hit! Thank god everyone was okay including the drive! It was a accident but calling that mother names cause she had a feeling doesn't make her a psychic or an idiot! you seem like the idiot!

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