An employee of a private security company was killed late last night when the car he was driving on West Northern Parkway near Interstate-83 went out of control and crashed into a large metal column supporting an overhead highway sign.
Pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries was Thomas Archer Baldwin, 30, of the 1200 block of N. Calvert St., a Wells Fargo security bureau employee assigned to the Stoney Creek drawbridge in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County.
Officer Greg Taylor, of the city police traffic investigation section, said Mr. Baldwin was driving his girlfriend's 1986 Ford Escort eastbound in the 1700 block of W. Northern Parkway shortly after 11 p.m. and was approaching the I-83 interchange just east of Cylburn Lane when he lost control of the car and struck the guard rail.
After traveling several yards along the top of the guardrail, the driver's side of the car crashed into the highway sign support column, then spun completely around the column before the driver was ejected.
Officer Taylor said the car, which was bent in half, then rolled nearly 30 feet down an embankment before coming to rest on its wheels near a dry stream bed.
Debris from the car was found several yards from where the car struck the support column.
Tests were to be conducted today to determine the speed of the car. An autopsy also was set for today to learn if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash.