Driver is charged with intoxication in fatal accident

February 07, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A trash truck driver -- who Howard County police said accidentally ran over and killed a co-worker Monday -- has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

Thomas Parks, 51, of the 2600 block of E. Ashland Ave. in Baltimore, was being held on $25,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday.

Traffic investigators charged Mr. Parks Monday night and then gave him an alcohol breath test, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman.

Sergeant Keller refused to disclose the result of Mr. Parks' breath test, saying that it could prejudice the investigation into the death of Darryl Andre Harrison, 38, of the 1800 block of N. lTC Register St. in Baltimore.

Mr. Harrison had been employed by C&S Faulkner Inc. of Hanover for two years, and Mr. Parks for 15 years.

Though Mr. Parks was charged with being drunk at the time of Mr. Harrison's death, "the facts of the accident have not changed," Sergeant Keller said.

Mr. Harrison's death occurred about 2:40 p.m. Monday in the 8500 block of Timber Hill Court in Ellicott City. The trash truck was passing Mr. Harrison, who was on foot reaching for a trash container when he slipped on ice and fell under the vehicle's rear wheels, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene with "crushing skull injuries," said Lt. Mike Baker of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

The workers' boss, Tirso R. Martinez, vice president of C&S Faulkner Inc., said he had not heard of charges against Mr. Parks early yesterday afternoon, but commented: "I don't tolerate drinking."

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