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Derrick James Clark
Birth: Feb. 24, 2005
Death: Jan. 9, 2008

Derrick James Clark was born in Annapolis, Maryland on February 24, 2005 to his parents, Debbie Smith and Derrick Clark of Severn, MD. Derrick died at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center on January 9, 2008, at the tender age of 2.

Derricks survivors include his loving parents, Derrick Clark and Deborah Smith; loving sisters, Cierra and Deanna Musgrove; devoted Grandparents, David and Donna Clark, Barbara and James Smith; dear Great-Grandparents, Irene Lanning and the late Homer Lanning, Edith Clark and the late Ralph Clark, Gloria and James Smith.

Interment in Nichols-Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery.

Derrick will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

Thank You to God's Special Angel for Sponsoring Derrick's memorial page.

Washington Examiner Newspaper Article

The family of a 2-year-old fatally struck by a car in front of his Anne Arundel house is pleading with drivers to slow down on the major highway where they live.

Derrick James Clark Jr., "DJ," was struck about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as he tried to follow his grandfather, David Clark, across Telegraph Road, a busy two-lane highway in Severn, Maryland with a posted speed limit of 50 mph, Anne Arundel police said.

"He was real close with his grandfather," said Derrick Clark, 22, DJ's father, as he flipped through baby pictures in his wallet Thursday outside his house at Telegraph Road.

"They spent a lot of time together."

Before DJ's grandfather could stop him, DJ walked into the road and was immediately struck by a 2000 Honda Civic.

He died about an hour later at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, Maryland Anne Arundel police said.

"People speed all day long here," said John Kliever, DJ's cousin.

"There's no time to react even at 50 miles per hour."

The family gathered in the driveway, accepting condolences from friends, family and a local pastor amidst the sound of cars whizzing by the house.

"DJ was a little devil, just like every 2-year-old," Clark said. "But he was a good kid."

Neighbors said that DJ always played in the yard, which is about 80 feet from Telegraph Road.

"This is a major highway, and it's the only way in and out of here, so people speed all the time," said neighbor Kimberly Hoagland, who has warned her 11-year-old son not to play too close to the busy road.

"I have mixed feelings about this, because the speed limit is 50 miles per hour, but I would never wish this on anyone."

Rachel Onema, 21, who lives in a subdivision off Telegraph Road, said she worries about people speeding so close to her house where she lives with six young children.

"People go so fast, and it's hard to stop at that speed with people right behind you," she said.

Police said neither speed nor alcohol was a factor, and no charges have been filed. Police could not recall any similar accidents on Telegraph Road.

Thank You to God's Special Angel for Sponsoring Derrick's memorial page.

Old Bethel Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
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