A tale of two hit-runs
Lammers is 75. The slight woman tried to cover her face from the cameras as she arrived at the Police Administration Building in Ardmore to be charged in the hit-run crash that seriously injured a 13-year-old teen back on July 15 in Bryn Mawr.
The Villanova woman looked every bit the Main Line matriarch. Police say she struck the teen, who was riding his bike, then left the scene. She apparently went down the road a bit, slowed down and looked back at the scene, then proceeded to drive home.
Once there police say she put her Volvo wagon in a garage and covered it up. That’s where it stayed until it was towed away by police this week, a huge hole on the passenger side of a smashed windshield seeming to offer plenty of evidence of what had happened. Lammers has been seen since tooling around the Main Line in an older pickup truck.
Police say Lammers indicated she thought she hit a deer. She said she had not been watching TV or reading newspapers, and was unaware that she had in fact struck and injured a teen.
That seems like a reach. Still, it was hard not to feel bad for her yesterday.
Then something struck me. I don’t remember feeling any of the same kind of feelings toward Lemuel Payne.
He’s the 27-year-old who a few weeks ago was sentenced to two to five years in jail for another hit-run crash.
Of course, there is a big difference. Payne’s victim died. It appears the Main Line teen will recover fully.
I’ll admit I do not know all of the details that led up to these two incidents, including the conditions of the drivers and the speed the cars were driving. Payne’s collision occurred about 10 at night. The one Lammers is now accused of occurred in the middle of the day.
But there are some similarities. Both fled. It appears both tried to stash the suspect vehicles. Both failed to come forward for weeks, until police came looking for them.
Yet there is a feeling of sympathy for Lammers, while most heaped only scorn on Payne.
And that bothers me.