Police warn drivers of delays for funeral for Baltimore officer 18-mile route from U.S. 40 to Timonium to be closed

November 03, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

People planning to drive into or around Baltimore tomorrow should prepare for delays as police close roads and highways for the funeral of Officer Harold J. Carey, who was killed in a collision of police vehicles Friday.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11: 30 a.m. at Central Church of Christ at 4301 Woodridge Road, just off U.S. 40 in West Baltimore. Police are expected to begin gathering at Edmondson Village Shopping Center at 9 a.m.

Police said several lanes of Edmondson Avenue -- U.S. 40, a major route into the city -- will be closed throughout the morning starting about 9 a.m. as thousands of officers gather. The funeral expected to end about 1 p.m.

It will be followed by a lengthy funeral procession west on U.S. 40 into Baltimore County, then north on the inner loop of the Baltimore Beltway. The procession will then go north on Interstate 83, east onto Padonia Road and into Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Maryland State Police will close the 18-mile route starting about 1 p.m. The last such police procession, for Lt. Owen E. Sweeney Jr. in 1997, was 673 cars and 18 miles long and took two hours from when it left Bel Air to reach Dulaney Valley, a 30-mile trip.

"Motorists should certainly count on considerable congestion in the area," said Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman. He added that the Edmondson Village shopping center parking lot will be used as a staging area for officers in the procession.

"Motorists should be patient and should try to avoid the Inner Loop of I-695 between Route 40 and Interstate 83 during the designated time frames," Weinhold said. Times of the Beltway closure depend on when the funeral ends.

Carey, 28, was a passenger in a police van that collided with a cruiser Friday morning. Both were speeding to a call to help a colleague on an arrest. The accident occurred at West 20th Street and Maryland Avenue.

Officer Lavon'de Alston, 30, who was driving the cruiser, was slightly injured in the crash and released Friday night from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The van driver, Officer Keith L. Owens, 30, suffered head and spinal injuries, and was released Saturday night from Shock Trauma.

Carey is survived by his wife, the former Karen K. Louden, and his father, Harold A. Carey Jr. Friends can call on March Funeral Home West at 4300 Wabash Ave. today from 8: 30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A private service for family and friends will be held before the funeral.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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