Fleeing hit-and-run driver is killed in crash Car hits vehicle at traffic light, then another 2 miles away, witness says.

March 03, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

A hit-and-run driver fleeing an accident was killed last night when his car -- weaving without lights across the center line -- slammed head-on into another vehicle on Belair Road near Kingsville, according to a witness.

The driver of the second car, who was critically injured, was flown by a State Police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center. The occupants of two other vehicles in a resulting chain reaction of collisions received minor injuries.

A witness, Richard L. Mattingly, 53, of Laurel, said he saw the first accident on U.S. 1 -- Belair Road -- when a southbound 1984 Mercury struck the rear of another car stopped at a red light at the Sunshine Avenue intersection. No injuries were reported in the first crash.

The southbound driver backed away, then fled south in the northbound lanes, according to Mr. Mattingly, who pursued the RTC fleeing car at high speed to try to get its tag numbers. "He was weaving in and out of the northbound lane with his lights out," Mr. Mattingly said. "He would come back into the southbound lane to dodge oncoming cars and then pull back into the northbound lane."

At Mount Vista Road, about two miles south of the first accident site, the Mercury slammed head-on into a northbound Cadillac that was stopped at a red light just beyond a crest in the road.

The impact, said Officer Michael Lyle, of the accident investigation unit, spun the Cadillac around, causing it to strike two other vehicles, a Lincoln Continental and a Toyota pickup truck, that also were waiting at the light.

Officer Lyle said the driver of the Mercury, William Lehmann, 40, of the first block of Haylock Court in Perry Hall, was trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

In his car, police found a loaded .38-caliber revolver, extra rounds of ammunition, a knife, suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

The occupant of the Cadillac, Edward Kuper, 47, a retired Baltimore police officer from Fallston, was flown to Shock-Trauma, where he was listed today in critical condition, police said.

The driver of the Lincoln, Harry Witmer, 46, and the driver of the pickup truck, Robert Riley, 18, both of Fallston, received minor injuries and refused medical treatment, police said. Mr. Riley's infant son, who was in a child-restraining seat, was not hurt.

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