Man hospitalized after van hit him is charged with darting into traffic

February 02, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A homeless man remained hospitalized in serious condition yesterday -- and facing a traffic charge -- after running into the path of a minivan and being struck Monday afternoon in the Annapolis area, authorities reported.

County police said witnesses reported seeing Frederick Matthew Williams, 46, darting in and out of traffic on Route 2, just south of West Street, before he ran into the path of the Ford minivan driven by Mary P. Early, 42, of Edgewater, about 4: 35 p.m.

"According to witnesses, Ms. Early did not have a chance to stop," police said. "Williams ran right in front of her."

No charge was filed against the minivan's driver. Police said the man was charged on a traffic citation with unsafely crossing into the path of a vehicle.

Williams was reported in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was being treated for leg, hip and facial injuries.

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