A 92-year-old pedestrian was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday afternoon after he was struck by a pickup truck when he apparently walked into traffic on Route 140 from Crossroad Square Shopping Center, Westminster police said.
Vernon Morris Faid of the first block of Timber Ridge Drive suffered a head injury and was in critical condition at the scene, said Capt. Randy Barnes of city police, who was at the scene. A helicopter that was nearby because of a potential stand-off with a suspect near Union Bridge arrived within minutes and flew Faid to the trauma center.
He was in serious condition last night, said a nursing supervisor at Shock Trauma.
The accident occurred about 2 p.m., 100 yards east of the intersection at Malcolm Drive, where the Westminster resident tried to walk across the eastbound lane toward Weis Market, Barnes said.
The driver of the 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck, William Edward Dixon Jr., 33, of the 4400 block of Louisville Road, Finksburg, was not charged, Barnes said, because witnesses told police the driver swerved but was unable to avoid the accident.
"He tried to do everything he could, but there was just nowhere to go," Barnes said. The speed limit is 45 mph along that heavily traveled section of Route 140.