Hit and Run

HILLSBORO — A Hillsboro man was critically injured Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, when he was struck by a car while walking on Hillsboro Road.

John Allen Veal, 63, was walking with a boy in the vicinity of Butler Road at 7:15 a.m. when the car hit him, according to Lt. Ron Dixon of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. The car drove off without stopping, he said. Dixon did not identify the boy, who was unharmed.

The sheriff’s office, Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company and Caroline County EMS responded and found Veal in the ditch along the road with what Dixon said appeared to be “significant injuries.”

Veal was conscious and able to communicate with emergency responders when they arrived, but he was unable to recall the incident, Dixon said. Police think he was knocked unconscious when he was struck.

Veal was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment. Veal remained at Shock Trauma in critical condition late Tuesday afternoon, according to hospital spokesman Michael Schwartzberg.

The sheriff’s office issued a lookout for a car matching the description of the one that hit Veal. They found a Kia Sorento matching the description a short time later in Denton, Dixon said.

The car was driven by Lynn Marshel Humpleby, 63, of Queen Anne, who suffered a medical emergency when deputies went to speak with her, Dixon said. She was taken by ambulance to University of Maryland Shore Regional Medical Center at Easton.

Dfc. Justin Koehler is investigating, and the sheriff’s office is consulting with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office on possible charges, Dixon said.

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