Heart of Teen Killed in Crash Donated to Friend

Maryland teen killed in a hit-and-run crash as his friend his friend Kyle Wilkerson was in heart failure

A Pasadena, Md., teen was killed in a hit-and-run crash, but his heart is now giving an ailing friend a chance to live.

Skylar Marion died April 15 at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was taken after being hit by an SUV while walking with friends on Mountain Road three days earlier.

At the same hospital, Marion's friend Kyle Wilkerson was in heart failure. One day after Marion died, Wilkerson got a heart transplant.

It wasn't until after the surgery that the teens' parents learned about their connection. Denise Wilkerson says she would rather Skylar was alive and her son was still waiting.

Michael Marion says his son's organs went to three other patients too. He says the devil took his son away and God wanted him to spread his son around.

Authorities are still searching for the driver who hit Skylar Marion. The striking vehicle is described as a 1997-2002 Ford Expedition, which sustained damage to the passenger side headlight and turn light assembly, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 866-7LOCKUP or text "MCS" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).


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