Man killed by hit-run driver during fight with girlfriend

April 07, 1991|By Angela Gambill

In the heat of a fight with his girlfriend early yesterday, George William Redifer Jr. was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The 34-year-old Owings Mills man pulled his girlfriend's car off Hanover Pike about 2:10 a.m., but left two feet of the Ford Grenada sticking out in the two-lane road.

Then, police said, he stood in the road and pulled Joy Lynn Putnam out of the car by her hair.

Just then, another car smashed him into the open door, ripped the door off and dragged him a short distance. Mr. Redifer, who lived at 75 Meriam Court, was dead at the scene, police said.

Ms. Putnam, 28, was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for minor injuries and discharged.

Baltimore County police are looking for the driver of the second vehicle, which was described by a resident of the area as similar to a sports car. The car sped north on Hanover Pike, the scene of several fatal accidents in the past few years, according to police.

"It is so cold and inhumane that somebody would hit another human being and not even stop at all, just go on their merry way as if they'd hit a tree," said Vicki Redifer, 30, the victim's wife.

The couple, who had been separated for some time, have four children, ages 5, 7, 9 and 11.

She said her husband usually did not drive because he was disabled after a motorcycle accident about 10 years ago.

"He loved to go fishing. He would walk down to the water and throw a line and sit there all day, whether he got a bite or not," she said.

Funeral services for Mr. Redifer will be held Monday at the Eckhart Funeral Home, on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

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