A 41-year-old northwest Baltimore man was killed early today when the car he was driving was hit by a stolen vehicle fleeing a city police car near Druid Hill Park.
The victim, Alton William Wilson, of the 2900 block of Silver Hill
Ave., died instantly.
The suspect in the stolen car escaped into the park, police said.
Two women passengers in Mr. Wilson's 1975 Dodge Colt were treated for minor injuries at Liberty Medical Center and released.
One of them, Jamila J. Fabre, was identified as Mr. Wilson's girlfriend. She lived at the Silver Hill Avenue address, police said.
The other passenger was Nikita Cox, of the 3100 block of Elba Drive in Woodmoor, Baltimore County.
Officer John Dodge of the traffic unit said an investigation into the accident was continuing. The officer who followed the stolen car and other officers who were in the area helping him were being questioned, he said.
City police have a policy against high-speed chases. Because the incident was not a high-speed chase, the pursuing officer was not called off by a supervisor, police said.
Police said Officer Kevin Smith was in the 1800 block of Poplar Grove St. at 1:45 a.m. and did a routine license plate check on a 1991 Honda Accord. The check revealed that the car had been reported stolen Tuesday from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Officer Smith turned on his flashing lights and began following the Honda, staying one to two blocks behind.
The Honda turned onto West North Avenue, north on Monroe Street, then east on Gwynns Falls Parkway before the suspect appeared to notice that a police car was following him and he sped off, police said.
Several blocks away, at Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCulloh Street, police said, the suspect ran a red light and slammed into Mr. Wilson's car, which was northbound on McCulloh.
The damaged stolen car continued east for a short distance before coming to rest on a grassy median strip near the Beechwood Avenue entrance to Druid Hill Park, police said. The driver ran into the park and escaped.