Dump truck kills woman, 67, crossing intersection Children nearby as accident occurs BALTIMORE CITY

September 10, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A 67-year-old woman was killed by a dump truck as she crossed a Southwest Baltimore street yesterday in front of several children who had just gotten out of school, city police reported.

Margaret Tharle of the 1700 block of Cole St. was walking west on Pratt Street across Fulton Avenue about 11:45 a.m. when the truck struck her, police said.

The driver, Clyde L. Harris Jr., 55, of the 100 block of Dunlap Road in Pasadena, had stopped for a red light in the north lane of Fulton Avenue and apparently never saw Mrs. Tharle walk in front of the truck, police said.

When the light flashed green, Mr. Harris -- who told police his high driver's seat prevented him from seeing the woman -- began moving forward.

"She was hollering for him to stop. Evidently he couldn't see her," said Candy Matheny, a Dover Street resident who was standing at the corner with her daughters, Tiffany, 4, and Rebecca, 3.

Ms. Matheny said that it appeared as if Mrs. Tharle tried to move out of the path of the truck but had no place to run because of other oncoming vehicles.

Her cries for the driver to stop may have been hard to hear because of work being done by a nearby road crew, Ms. Matheny said. "She had been just 10 feet in front of me. May

be if I had yelled it might have helped, but I was in a state of shock. I couldn't say anything," she said.

Police said Mrs. Tharle was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she was dead on arrival. She suffered extensive head and internal injuries.

Mr. Harris is a driver for Ben Underwood Towing Co. in the 2700 block of W. Woodwell Road in Dundalk. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is continuing, police said.

Mrs. Tharle, known as "Maggie" to friends, was a polite, friendly woman who often took daytime walks in the nearby shopping district, Ms. Matheny said.

"She loved my kids. She would stop and give them candy and tell them how pretty they were," she said. At the time of the accident, Ms. Matheny and a few other parents were walking their children home from Steuart Hill Elementary School.

Ms. Matheny said that moments before she approached the intersection, Tiffany had stopped to fuss with something that was caught in her shoe.

"She's very particular about things. I'm grateful, because if she hadn't stopped, it might have been us in front of that truck," she said.

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