A Pasadena teen was killed in a hit-and-run crash, but his heart is now giving an ailing friend a chance to live.
Memorials for 15-year-old Skylar Marion dot Anne Arundel County. The teen was hit by an SUV while walking on the narrow shoulder next to the westbound lane of Mountain Road last month. He was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. At the same hospital, his friend Kyle Wilkerson was in heart failure. One day after Marion died, Wilkerson got a heart transplant.
"Skylar was a giving person; so if he can help, he would have wanted to do that...," said Skylar's father, Mike Marion. "... he couldn't talk, because he was in a coma. But I just felt a lift off my shoulders that it was okay to give this person his heart."
Against unimaginable odds, the boys were a match.
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.
"I would rather my son were still waiting for a heart, and Skylar still here. I don't know. It's just hard," she said.
Mike 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.
Meanwhile, Anne Arundel County Police released an image of an SUV similar to the Expedition they believe struck Skylar.
"How can this person live with themselves? I mean, they took a 15-year-old's life," the grieving father asked.
While he hopes from an arrest, Marion takes comfort in the gift of life his son provided for others. He says it is the only thing getting him through.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.