Police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run accident

Truck that struck man, 61, found to be state-owned

October 24, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore County police are trying to determine whether a state employee was driving the pickup truck involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident Thursday night, officials said yesterday.

Police said they have located the white Ford F-150 that struck Charles Albert Wilburn, 61, of Bush St., as he was walking north on Philadelphia Road. Wilburn was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck involved had a license plate marked "SG," indicating it was part of the state government fleet.

A clerk at Koons Chevrolet on Bel Air Road in Baltimore, who had seen news reports about the accident, notified police Friday when a white Ford truck was brought in for repairs. Police were unable to locate the driver.

Investigators have contacted Maryland's Department of Budget and Management, which oversees the state's vehicle fleet, according to budget director Frederick W. Puddester.

"There have been some conversations going on already about tracking down the driver," he said. "Because it's an ongoing investigation, I can't comment any further."

While the budget office assigns cars to state agencies, each agency is responsible for keeping logs of the drivers using vehicles with state government plates.

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