Woman killed trying to save dog on I-70

April 26, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Hagerstown woman was killed Saturday night while trying to retrieve her dog on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, state police said.

Leslie Danielle Welden, 31, of the 200 block of Bentley Court got into an apparent dispute with an acquaintance while sitting in a 1998 Ford Escort parked on the shoulder of westbound I-70 about 11: 45 p.m., left the car and ran across the three lanes to the median strip, Cpl. Julio Valcarcel said.

Valcarcel said Welden's dog jumped out of the car and followed her but stopped in the fast lane. He said Welden went to the fast lane and picked up the dog. Welden was returning to the median when she and the animal were struck by a westbound 1985 Mercedes-Benz, Valcarcel said.

He said Welden was pronounced dead at the scene and her dog suffered fatal injuries.

Police witnessed the accident and attributed the cause to pedestrian error.

Valcarcel said Allen Radan of Hagerstown, who was driving the Escort, was charged with driving under the influence but not in connection with the accident.

Pub Date: 4/26/99

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