Man is killed when truck strikes wall

October 13, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

A 32-year-old South Baltimore man was killed early today when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into the wall of the MTA garage in the 1400 block of Ward St., a city traffic police officer said.

The use of alcohol, said Officer Joseph Johnson, of the Traffic Investigation Section, may have contributed to the accident.

Officer Johnson said it appeared that the driver, Scott Frederick Castleberry, of the 600 block of E. Clement St., died when the impact with the wall caused a small metal boat he was carrying in the back of the covered pickup truck to be propelled forward and pierce a metal window behind the driver before striking him in the back of the neck.

Officer Johnson said Mr. Castleberry's body was found pinned under the --board and that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said an autopsy would determine the exact cause of death, but that it appeared the man's neck was broken by the boat's pointed bow, which left a "V" shaped impression on the window frame behind the driver. The officer said Mr. Castleberry may have fallen asleep at the wheel since there were no skid marks.

He said the driver was westbound on Ward Street shortly after 1:20 a.m. and that he apparently failed to turn right or left onto Bush Street and crashed into the MTA garage wall.

The officer said the odor of alcohol was in the pickup's cab section and that two unopened bottles of beer were found in the vehicle. A blood-alcohol test was also set to determine if the man was intoxicated at the time of the crash, Officer Johnson said.

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