Woman hit, killed trying to cross Ritchie Highway

August 23, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore woman crossing a busy strip of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie yesterday was struck and killed by a car, county police said.

Helen McCracken of the 800 block of Cherry Hill Road was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, Kurt Victor Zimmerman, 19, of the 400 block of Westbury Drive in Riva, was not injured.

About 2 p.m., McCracken got off the No. 14 bus in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in front of the Glen Burnie Mall, police said. She was carrying an iron in a bag from Montgomery Ward, which is directly across the street from the bus stop.

Police said she might have been on her way to the store when she stepped into the southbound lanes and was hit by the Toyota Tercel driven by Zimmerman.

The impact threw the woman onto the hood of the car, crushing the right side of the windshield.

Police said they do not think alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident. A review of the accident by the state's attorney's office will determine whether charges are placed against Zimmerman, police said.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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