Arianna Roosa

Arianna Roosa

A 12-year-old Denton girl who was hit by an SUV near a bus stop Oct. 15 has been released from the hospital.

Johns Hopkins Hospital spokesman Kim Hoppe said Thursday Arianna Noelle Roosa had been treated and released, though she could not confirm what day Roosa was allowed to go home.

Roosa's condition changed several times during her hospital stay, wavering between critical and fair. Maryland State Police said Roosa, a Lockerman Middle School student, ran through the intersection at Burrsville and Knife Box roads, near Greensboro, around 7 a.m. Oct. 15 to get to a bus stop on Burrsville Road.

Police said Anthony Brian Sifford, 46, of Denton, was driving a red Pontiac Torrent east on Burrsville Road, and the SUV struck the girl in the middle of the intersection. Police said Roosa came to a rest about 50 feet from the point of impact. Roosa was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the Baltimore hospital.

The school bus, which was not at the stop at the time of the accident, now picks up and drops off the students who used the Burrsville Road stop at a different stop, down Knife Box Road. Caroline County Public Schools Supervisor of Transportation Robert Jester said Oct. 18 no one had complained about the location or safety of the stop prior to the Oct. 15 accident, but the decision to eliminate the stop altogether was made so students would not have to relive it.

"It's my understanding there might have been some other students there (at the time of the accident)," Jester said. "We don't want those kids standing out there, remembering what happened that day."

The new stop is a little safer anyway, Jester said, because the speed limit on Knife Box Road is lower than on Burrsville Road.Jester said the public school system has always encouraged students to wait for a school bus to stop traffic before crossing any road.

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