GLEN BURNIE, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - An Anne Arundel County family is grieving after losing their son when he was struck and killed crossing a busy Glen Burnie roadway.
According to his family, 17-year-old Stephen Carlisle - an 11th grade student at Phoenix Academy in Annapolis - spent the morning opening presents with his family. After Stephen left to walk his friend home - a 15-year-old girl who people have declined to identify - he never came back home.
"He was a great young man. He's going to be missed," said his mother, Margaret Carlisle.
She learned that her son had died Christmas evening.
Anne Arundel police believe the incident was the result of "pedestrian error." They say there aren't any signs that the driver was speeding or that alcohol or drugs influenced the driver.
Stephen and his friend were walking with a larger group, but they were the only ones struck. Investigators say the driver remained at the scene after the crash, which was reported around 7:45 p.m.
The girl who was with Stephen Carlisle was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma.
Police do not believe the girl's injures are life-threatening.
The teenager's mother is devastated, but she hopes others learn from his fateful mistake.
"He was with friends. From what I understand, they were, what appears to me, they were walking a young lady home and they chose to cross Route 100, which is a state highway. That was not a good decision and he paid for it with his life," she said. "If it can save one life, one young person from doing something that would have this type of consequence."
Anne Arundel County Public Schools say they have been in touch with families affected, and will provide assistance and resources at their schools once students return from winter break.