Van strikes and kills one man, injures two more on Ritchie Highway median

February 12, 2002

A landscaping company employee from Baltimore County was killed and two co-workers were injured yesterday when a van ran onto the median of Ritchie Highway in Arnold, where they were pruning bushes, authorities said.

Killed in the accident was Giovany Acosta, 24, of the 6900 block of Brookmill Road in Reisterstown. His cousin, Juan Carlos Acosta, 21, was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and Jose Wilfredo Hernandez, who lives with them, was admitted to North Arundel Hospital with minor injuries, police said. They were working for H.F. Huber and Son Inc., a Baltimore firm contracted by the state for the landscaping job.

Police said the driver of the van, Earl Wayne Bowers, 44, of Stevensville, who was in serious condition at Shock Trauma, apparently had blacked out when his vehicle ran into the median about noon. Regaining consciousness, police said, he tried to perform first aid on the injured workers but blacked out again and suffered a seizure.

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