Baltimore motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run crash, police say

January 31, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A 36-year-old motorcyclist from Baltimore City was killed last night in Laurel by a hit-and-run driver, county police said.

The victim was riding a 1995 BMW motorcycle north on Washington Boulevard near Freestate Drive about 8 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a white Ford van. The driver of the van, which had damage to the left headlight area, fled the scene, police said.

The victim was dead on arrival at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. His name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.

Auxiliary officer helps man save son from choking

A Howard County Police Auxiliary officer helped a Baltimore father save his son from choking after the 5-year-old accidentally became tangled in a car's seat belt Sunday, police said.

Officer Kurt Sturr stopped on U.S. 29 in Scaggsville to help a motorist whom he thought was stranded, police said. But when he approached the car, he found Frederick Unochi, 36, of the 7200 block of Pinecrest Road struggling to loosen the shoulder strap of the seat belt from around the boy's neck.

Officer Sturr -- one of 15 auxiliary officers who completed training in November -- used his pocket knife to cut the belt from around the boy's neck, allowing him to breathe normally.

The boy did not require hospital treatment, and the pair continued on their way home, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a county police spokesman.

Auxiliary officers volunteer a minimum of 16 hours monthly in assisting county police with routine duties such as directing traffic and writing reports.

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