Tow truck's driver sought in hit-and-run

Operator might not know man in street was struck, killed in snow, police say

January 27, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police are looking for a tow truck driver who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on a North Point street Tuesday evening.

The accident happened about 9: 40 p.m. when Michael Alan Stevenson, 43, of the 8000 block of Gray Haven Road in North Point was walking home after shooting pool with friends, his family said.

Stevenson was walking south in the northbound lane of Trappe Road when he apparently slipped in the snow and fell under the rear wheels of a passing tow truck near Page Drive, police said. The truck continued north on Trappe Road without stopping. Stevenson was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The police came to my mom's house and told her about the accident last night," Tom Stevenson, 48, an older brother, said yesterday. "She called the rest of us. It was a pretty big shocker. My thoughts are that I hope the driver didn't know he did it.

"We're hoping the police will be able to get to the bottom of this quickly," he added.

Investigators are searching for the tow truck, which was described by witnesses as a flatbed with a red cab and yellow lettering on its sides.

"There are no charges at this point," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman. "We just need to talk to the driver to complete our investigation. The driver might not have known that he struck anybody because of the weather conditions."

Pedestrians were often forced to walk in the street during Tuesday's storm because sidewalks had not been shoveled, police said. Warehime warned pedestrians to be cautious and said drivers need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and slippery road conditions.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

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