Bay Bridge Toll Police Officer Is Struck, Killed By Car

Another Policeman, Firefighter Hit In Separate Incidents

November 01, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A 24-year veteran of the state toll facilities police force died yesterday after being hit by a car on the Bay Bridge in Annapolis, one of two police officers in the county to be struck by cars since Wednesday.

And in Maryland City, a volunteer fire chief was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a car whose driver suffered a heart attack while passing an emergency scene.

In the bridge incident, Officer Thomas Crouch, 52, of Chester, was setting up cones in the eastbound lane of U.S. 50 about 9 a.m. yesterday when he was struck by a car exiting the toll booth, said ThomasE. Freburger, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Freburger said police are investigating why the driver of the carapparently didn't see Crouch, who was setting up cones to direct traffic away from a lane closed for maintenance.

He said traffic at the time of the accident was moderate to light. Charges are pending against the driver, Wayne John Hilmer Jr., 30, of Edgewater.

Crouch was flown to the Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center with massive head injuries. Crouch, the father of three children, died at 1:08 p.m.

Freburger said Crouch is the second toll facilities officer to die in the line of duty. The other officer died five years ago after being shot by a hitchhiker in Harford County.

The injured county officer, Craig Dodson of the Eastern District, was scheduled to be released last night from Shock Trauma after being struck on Route 100 Wednesday night.

Police said the 17-year veteran was removing logs that had been thrown on the road when he was hit by a motorist who failed to heed his warning. The motorist was charged with drunken driving.

Police said Dodson, 36, was struck by the car shortly before midnight after receiving a call that juveniles hadthrown logs and other debris into the eastbound lane of Route 100, near the Route 10 intersection.

Officers found the roadway filled with debris. When Dodson saw an oncoming car, he tried to motion it away with his flashlight.

Police said the driver failed to heed his warning and Dodson tried unsuccessfully to dodge the car.

Police said the car stopped, and the driver, Lisa Marie Sachs, 29, of the 300block of Wisewell Court, Baltimore, was arrested after failing several field sobriety tests. Police said her blood alcohol content was .20 percent, double the legal limit.

Sachs was charged with driving while intoxicated.

The injured firefighter, Ray Smallwood, president of the Maryland City Civic Association and a volunteer chief for the community station, was also expected to be released from Shock Trauma last night.

Police said Smallwood, 45, had answered an 12:52 p.m. emergency call to treat a person having a seizure near Whiskey Bottom and Spring roads, near the Maryland City Fire Station, when he was hit while walking toward an ambulance.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck that struck Smallwood, Richard John Meyer, 49, of the 1600 block Comanche Road, Arnold, suffered a heart attack and wasclinically dead on the scene.

But paramedics resuscitated the man, who was flown to Laurel-Beltsville Hospital. Meyer was later transferred to the Washington Hospital Center, where he was reported in good condition, said Clarence Hayes, a firefighter at the Maryland City station.

Smallwood, who lives the 200 block of Ironshire Lane in Maryland City, was flown to Shock Trauma.

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