Teenage Girl Struck, Hospitalized in Bel Air

Emergency crews responded to East Churchville Road, Maryland Route 22, and North Fountain Green Road, Maryland Route 543, in Bel Air Monday evening.

A teenage girl was seriously injured Monday evening in Bel Air when she was struck by a vehicle, Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS spokesman Rich Gardiner confirmed.

Emergency crews responded to the intersection of East Churchville Road, Maryland Route 22, and North Fountain Green Road, Maryland Route 543, shortly before 6:30 p.m. The 16-year-old victim was flown to a regional trauma center, Gardiner said.

No further information was available on her condition or the vehicle involved, he said. 

Gianna January 24, 2013 at 07:13 PM
This is Gianna, I also witnessed my best friend, Rachel, getting hit by the car. I've been nonstop upset the past 2 days, not being able to stop thinking about her. I've only met her a year ago, and she slowly started changing to my best friend, into my sister. It was irresponsible of me, as the oldest of the group, to cross such a dangerous road. I learned my lesson as a teenager to start paying more attention to my parents and do what I am told. They were buying a car at the time, directions given to specifically not cross such a busy, scary street. It is not their fault, I just want everyone to know that. I'm sorry Rachel, I will be by your side through the whole recovery, I promise. Can't wait to see my girl :) I hope you're doing okay Desire'. Love you so much Rach, I won't stop praying. Xoxo, your sister, Gianna.
Karl Schuub January 24, 2013 at 07:32 PM
That's right daughter being wheeled in and out and on oxygen and your priority is too peck away on a keyboard in virtual "fight" with total strangers. So far we have mom, brother, father...aren't there any uncles, counsins...how about a godfather. Maybe you can all get on at once that'd be awesome. I can picture it now...the doc comes in and the entire family waives him off because you all are so busy making a point in cyberspace. Ya right...
ForestHillMom January 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Dear Sickofbs: Sitting in judgement leads to karma. Shame on you for judging a beautiful and loving family facing an emotional and scary time in their lives, the likes of which you may want to pray you never encounter. You and your children are not immune to life's accidents or tragedies, no matter how much you pride yourself on controlling your child's every move. Next time you want to stand on your soapbox and point fingers at the world, you may want to consider the notion that life may have yet a few lessons in store for you. Hope you don't encounter the likes of yourself should that day come for you. I will pray for you as well as I pray for sweet Rachel and her loving family.
bailey.l January 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM
dude iam not trying to be rude but her mom did not know she was crossing the road and u need 2 give them a brake because how would u like it if your child got hurt and some body was hating on your post and telling u how to rays ur child and pray 4 the Meyers famly
Ughpplgrowup January 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM
I am in the 8th grade at Bel Air middle school with Rachel. While I do not know any of the people involved very well, I am sorry that they have to go through this. Since I have heard of this, I have gathered my Church family as well as my friends from outside the school to pray for Rachel and the entire Meyers family. My heart breaks knowing what each of them are going through and I am sure the parents of all of the children involved are also hurting so badly. To know that a student within my school was hurt is bad enough but to see people bashing them makes a bad situation worse. Who cares WHY they were crossing the street, it happened and nothing can change the situation. As teenagers, we sometimes make bad choices and decisions. I am sure they are all well aware that they made the wrong choice and that is something they will have to live with, they should NOT have it thrown in their faces by strangers! I assume most of you are adults and it would be nice to see you ACTING Like adults. While I am not close friends with them, I will do whatever I can to help the situation and help them all heal and recover from this. NO ONE has the right to point fingers. My Mother told me a saying "those in glass houses shouldn't cast stones" or something like that. I am sure having children or being a child yourself at some point you understand that NO ONE is perfect and it is NO ONES place to judge anyone. I will continue to pray for you all! Zoe
JamieB January 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I'm also a student at Bel Air Middle, in 8th grade. I'm also on the same team as Rachel & Daniel, and honestly they are the most funniest, happiest, nicest, people I have ever met. Rachel sat right behind me in Math class, and it's so sad not seeing her. On Friday, me and a few friends, also with Gianna, Daniel, & Rachel, all went to the movies to see 'Mama' . Rachel was smiling and laughing the whole time. I've never met a person as happy as her, she literally has a smile on her face 24/7 and is ALWAYS laughing. It's hard to believe what has happened. Me and Rachel aren't very close, but this and with also many people in my class. and out of my class, (pretty much everybody in Harco) are so sad at the thought of what happened to Rachel, and we all just can't wait to see her again. I just wanna tell Daniel that he is so strong, and that me and LOTS of others are praying for the Meyers' family. Hang in there. Everything will be okay. I promise. <3
John Cornplat January 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Sorry to hear about the accident. Clearly, a lot of people clappity clapping their book report replies to complete strangers for emotional and irrational responses should publish a book on Parenting. It should be titled "Blame someone else" because that, ladies and gentlemen is the current mainstream thing in current day society. Yep, you got that right. I'm going to blame the Public government school system for not teaching children how to safely negotiate a heavily congested traffic light controlled intersection at night....... Oh, wait, did I really?
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Karl, really is it your business what they do? I don't believe everything I read on the Internet as I certainly do not believe you.
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 01:52 AM
It was 630pm not midnight...it was a tragedy...hopefully you do not live in a glass house. If you do I hope this family gets to throw the first stone
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I have never heard of skiing for something bad to happen. You are clearly nota good compassionate person, so I doubt you are a good parent.
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 01:58 AM
How much parenting are you doing as you rant like a loon on the web? Not a lot, I would wager.
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 01:59 AM
You go to church? No way...not with the way you are behaving online.
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 02:01 AM
In my opinion, You are vile sick of bs...I am sick of you.
sarapax January 25, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Sheesh Karl...you can dish it but not take it.
Bel Air Swag January 25, 2013 at 02:25 AM
This is such a great time for our children to see the importance of listening to there parents
the peoples people January 25, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Many kids todayddon't respect much of anything, including themselves and personal safety, they expect everyone else to do everything for them. It's too much ask to.put away the hand held media device while walking.
Rose Heilemann January 25, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I have never in my life seen such a lack of compassion. To Rachel and her family, there are people who are only wishing for the absolute best for you. Shame on all of these people who seem to think there is a reason to bash this family. Can we all remember that there is a young girl injured and simply keep her in our prayers? She deserves nothing less than that. And Daniel, my son is the same age at a different school. You are absolutely correct. This was nothing more than an ACCIDENT. You sound very mature in your responses...please do not let these horrible people cause you to believe anything else. Take care of yourself :)
TheSmartOne January 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM
"It's too much ask to.put away the hand held media..." Is that English? Maybe you can come back and post a nicer comment after you have a better understanding of the English language! Thanks.
TheSmartOne January 25, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Lou, Desire, Daniel and Rachel, we've been praying for you guys!
TheSmartOne January 25, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Karl, spell check is your friend (or should be, anyway). Maybe you didn't see my previous comment. Some people have something called a SMART PHONE. That means they can post things online WITHOUT A COMPUTER. Since you're ignorant, you may not know that these exist! I'm sure Rachel is asleep MOST of the time. You need to stop being a jerk and either support this family in prayer (if you even know what "prayer" means) or leave them alone!
TheSmartOne January 25, 2013 at 07:59 PM
I agree!
tracie bays January 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Rose....YOUR COMMENT COULD NOT BE MORE CORRECT; the only comments made should be well wishes and prayers for these hurting families. The children that witnessed this accident are beating themselves up inside enough for the decisions they made that night. As for the parents they do NOT need a class in Parenting 101 from a narcissistic parent, yes YOU SICKOFBS, that feels she is the END ALL BE ALL most "educated", "non-paranoid", parent out there. Just remember the word that always seems to come back & bite people in the @$$ like you...... KARMA!!!!! To the families: Everyday I am praying that Rachel has a full recovery, and her friends & brother are able to forgive themselves for a decision that many kids their age, younger & older make everyday on 22, 924, 543, 24, neighborhoods, etc. Stay strong and forgive yourselves. Your family, friends and people in the community will stand beside all of you while you travel over this bump in your young lives.
Alissa Birnbaum January 25, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I can't hold back my comments. My heart is breaking for Rachel's family and friends as well as that of the driver. As parents we all teach our kids right from wrong. But unfortunately we can't be with them 24/7 and hope they listen to us. We all make mistakes and learn from them because that is how we become better people. Unfortunately this young lady and friends are learning a lesson the hard way. Let's hope that this can teach others from making the same mistake. I know my parents taught me right from wrong but I didn't always listen. That is part of growing up. As for those criticizing the family for sharing their story I applaud the family for sharing. Unless you are walking in their shoes you will never understand the pain and sorrow they are feeling. I am dealing with a life altering disease and blogging about my feelings not only keeps those who care updated without having to repeat my story over and over but it is extremely therapeutic to get my feelings out there. I am sending prayers and love to all those involved. If another life is saved because of this accident then this was God's plan. Kids are kids and as parents we can only do our best and hope some of it sinks in. Nobody is perfect so we shouldn't judge.
Huh? January 26, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I can't help but to constantly fall back on this being is a public comment section on the internet. If you don't like what you read, I would suggest you stop reading it. You certainly aren't going to stop someone from posting their thoughts (Positive or Negative) on the next article, and if you think you should dictate what people comment on, that's infringement. Do they teach that in school's anymore? I don't agree with the Westboro Baptist Church protesting, but it's in the legal right and means to do so, since we live in this great nation that allows everyone equally to express their opinion lawfully. Nice or not, it's reality. Get over it and move on, or continue keystroking away replies on the internet to "feel" vindicated.
Deeg January 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM
How is Rachel doing?
franking January 28, 2013 at 02:43 AM
I agree that people have a right to be as vicious and cruel to their neighbors in crisis as they want. Doesn't mean they should.
Becky January 29, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Wow, I read the first 20 or so posts, then I got so damn angry reading all of these negative, hateful and hurtful posts, I just couldn't read any more.! This was an accident - period! Poor judgement from a child! The problem is Harford County is so overcrowded and there s just to much traffic. It's not a good place to raise kds anymore.
mnm April 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Just reading through this....How is the little girl doing now? Does anyone know??
TheSmartOne April 04, 2013 at 06:04 PM
She's doing better. Thanks for asking!
mnm April 04, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thats good to hear. No problem.


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