Reporting Christie Ileto
PASADENA, Md. (WJZ)—A 15-year-old Pasadena teen dies in an April hit-and-run accident. But his heart is still beating.
Christie Ileto explains how two classmates are sharing one heart.
Killed in an April hit-and-run accident, 15-year-old Skylar Marion’s heart is beating stronger than ever in the chest of his classmate, Kyle Wilkerson.
“I asked him if it was OK to give his heart, and then it was just a relief off my shoulders,” said Michael Marion, victim’s father.
Michael Marion still grieving from the tragic accident, made the decision to donate Skylar’s organs.
After three months in the hospital with rare genetic heart failure, Kyle got Skylar’s heart and a big welcome home.
“It was a very bitter sweet feeling because we knew then a young child had passed away in our community tragically. God had a plan, and Kyle was the person who got this gift and he’s going to take very good care of it,” said Denise Wilkerson.
While Skylar may have saved a life, police believe the person responsible is still on the run.
“Maybe the person that did this will see this,” Michael Marion said.
He hopes driving around with a sign on his truck will catch Skylar’s killer.
Police are now offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Meanwhile, both families are hoping to see sidewalks come to the 11 mile stretch of road where officials say more than 20 people have been killed since the 90s.
“There’s no place for the kids to walk,” Michael Marion said.
For now, donating Skylar’s organs offers an ounce of peace to the Marion family, who know his heart is in good hands of a classmate just down the street.
Police say the vehicle, a 1997-2002 model Ford Expedition should have damage to the front head light, turn signal and hood. Anyone with information is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.