Man killed in collision on highway ramp

He was driving wrong way at Beltway, Interstate 83

May 09, 1999|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A 57-year-old Timonium man who was driving the wrong way on a highway ramp was killed yesterday when his car crashed head-on into another vehicle in the morning fog at the Baltimore Beltway and Interstate 83, state police reported.

Robert Lambdin of the 2500 block of Girdwood Road was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 7: 10 a.m. on the ramp from the Beltway's outer loop to the northbound lanes of I-83, police said. He was an employee of the State Highway Administration, they said.

The driver of the second vehicle, Michael Andrew Giacomazza, 36, of the 600 block of Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville, was trapped for about half an hour in his 1996 Toyota Camry before being freed by Baltimore County fire personnel.

Giacomazza was taken to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore with head and leg injuries, police said. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

State Police Sgt. William Willis said it was unclear why Lambdin was traveling the wrong way on the ramp. Police believe he entered I-83 in his 1989 Hyundai Excel at the Timonium Road interchange and drove south in the northbound lanes before turning onto the ramp, he said.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident, he said.

The heavily traveled ramp was closed to traffic for almost four hours as the accident scene was cleared and investigated.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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