River Hill High School student struck by car, flown to Shock Trauma

CLARKSVILLE, Md. - A River Hill High School student has been seriously injured after being hit by a car Tuesday morning, according to Howard County police. 

It happened just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Linden Linthicum Lane and Little Bells Road.

Seventeen-year-old Matthew R. Curley of Clipper Lane in Clarksville was flown to Shock Trauma with life threatening injuries. Officials say he was hit by a 1998 Honda.

The driver of the Honda remained at the scene and has been identified as 35-year-old Neil Aggarwal of Linden Linthicum Lane.

As the day progressed, just before noon, officials said Curley was in stable condition.

There are no charges yet and may not be, but detectives are looking at all possibilities such as distracted driving, speeding or pedestrian error.

"Any time we have an incident like this, we always look at things like speed, distracted driving or anything that may have been a factor," said Howard County Police Department spokesperson Sherry Llewelly.

Tuesday's accident marks the second involving a student in the county in recent weeks. Last Thursday, a crash outside Mt. Hebron High School injured four and critically injured another student when their car was hit by a Mack truck.

The events bring into focus a concern for police.

"We're lucky that we've not had many accidents in our school zones, but it is a good example of the kinds of things that concern us there. That's why we are doing everything we can to slow down, especially near schools," Llewelly said.

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