Pedestrian dies after running into van on JFX

March 19, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A man believed to be undergoing psychiatric treatment was fatally injured last night when he apparently ran into the side of a minivan traveling in a southbound lane of the Jones Falls Expressway, city police said.

The man, about 30, was pronounced dead at the scene north of the 28th Street exit ramp, police said. His name was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Police said the man, who walked onto the expressway on the ramp, was carrying a state Department of Social Services card and papers indicating that he was receiving psychiatric treatment.

The man ran into the side of a 1991 Plymouth Voyager, driven by a Cockeysville man, police said.

The front of the van was not damaged, leading police to believe the man acted deliberately. The driver, 18, was not injured.

The 4:45 p.m. incident caused a nearly four-hour, several-mile backup of southbound traffic as investigators used a new electronic device to make detailed images and measurements of the scene.

During the backup, three cars collided near Cold Spring Lane. Two people were injured.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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