2 men hit by vehicles killed

Crofton case blamed on pedestrian error

other death in Arnold

January 07, 2000|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A man running from a fight outside a Crofton bar and another man walking on Ritchie Highway in Arnold were struck by vehicles and killed early yesterday in Anne Arundel County's first highway fatalities of the year, police said.

A Towson man was killed minutes before 1 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Ritchie Highway south of Arnold Road, struck by a station wagon and then a pickup truck after his body fell to the pavement, police said.

The victim was identified as George Franklin Tignor Jr., 46, of the 500 block of Virginia Ave.

Police said it was not known whether Tignor was trying to cross Ritchie Highway or was simply walking in the road when he was hit by a Buick station wagon driven by Justin M. Nurin, 20, of Annapolis.

Nurin steered his car onto the center median and stopped, while several other drivers swerved to avoid hitting the body on the road. But Sandra G. Zunino, 35, of Stevensville told police she did not see the body before her Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck ran over it.

Police said Zunino reported the accident at the Arnold fire station.

Neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to the accident on the part of the driver, police said. Investigators were awaiting autopsy results, including a toxicology report, on the victim, who was declared dead at the scene.

The other accident occurred about 1: 35 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Route 3 near Route 450.

Police said Gregory Gordon Gray, 27, of Prince Frederick had been involved in an altercation in the parking lot of a bar before he ran west across both northbound lanes into the southbound lanes of the divided highway and into the path of a 1997 Chrysler minivan.

The driver, Peter R. Weber, 36, whose wife and three children were with him, stopped on the right shoulder after the impact, police said. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Weber, 39, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat, was treated for minor injuries at Anne Arundel Medical Center, police said.

Gray was pronounced dead at 2: 20 a.m. at North Arundel Hospital. Police said Gray had been drinking and gave pedestrian error as the cause of the accident.

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