Driver, 71, is injured in odd accident Dual crashes straddle city-county border

December 28, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 71-year-old driver was injured in a bizarre accident yesterday when his festively decorated Nissan sports car backed into another vehicle in Baltimore City, then ran forward about 50 feet before crashing into a wall in Baltimore County.

Police from both jurisdictions were dispatched to the scene of the 8: 30 a.m. crashes -- both on the Anneslie Shopping Center parking lot, which straddles the city-county border in the 6300 block of York Road.

The 1992 Nissan 240SX, with ornaments and a sign mounted on the rear proclaiming "Season's Greetings," damaged a low stone wall outside a Party City store.

The driver, Myer Dixon of the 1200 block of Winston Ave. in Baltimore, was listed in stable condition at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was charged by city police with unsafe backing and leaving the scene of an accident.

County police did not lodge charges. "I thought he had enough on his hands," said county Officer Sean S. Peters. "This was certainly a touch strange, just a touch."

Police said Dixon, after withdrawing money from a Signet Bank cash machine, backed his car into a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Michael C. Rosendorf, 37, of the 7000 block of Sherwood Road in Stoneleigh.

Rosendorf honked, but the reversing Nissan accelerated, pushing the Toyota about 30 feet backward before changing direction and plowing into the wall at about 20 mph, police said.

When police arrived on the scene, officers were confused about which department should investigate the accident. Both departments wrote reports.

Police said it appeared that Dixon believed his car was in drive, not reverse, when he struck the Toyota, then overcompensated and plowed into the wall at 20 mph. But police also said that Dixon, a diabetic, might have gone into shock.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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