Man, 75, walking across I-95, is hit by truck, fatally...

Howard County Digest

March 07, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Man, 75, walking across I-95, is hit by truck, fatally hurt

A 75-year-old man was fatally injured on Interstate 95 in southern Howard County early yesterday, stopping southbound traffic north of Gorman Road for more than two hours, Maryland State Police said.

The man, identified as Francois E. Lops of Elizabeth, N.J., stopped his 1985 Chevrolet SUV on the right shoulder at 4:30 a.m. and crossed all four southbound lanes on foot to ask directions from Cpl. Samuel G. Garrett, who was in the midst of a traffic stop on the southbound left shoulder.

Garrett told the man to wait in the median until he finished his work. Instead, the man began walking back to his vehicle and was hit by a tractor-trailer owned and driven by James W. Neikirk, 37, of Rising Sun. Garrett and other troopers tried to revive the man, but he was dead on arrival at Laurel Regional Hospital.

Neikirk was not injured and will face no charges in the accident, police said. Walking on I-95 is illegal, Sgt. Thornnie Rouse said.

Long Reach Republican Adams in Md. House race

Robert W. Adams, a 32-year-old conservative Republican from Long Reach, has become the first candidate to file for election to the Maryland House of Delegates from Howard County's 13th Legislative District.

Adams, who worked for conservatives such as U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma and Patrick J. Buchanan, is director of media relations for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington and operates a media consulting business.

He earlier considered running for state Senate after the resignation of Sen. Martin G. Madden, also a Republican. That seat was taken by Madden's legislative aide, Sandra B. Schrader.

Dels. Frank S. Turner and Shane Pendergrass, both Democrats, have said they will seek re-election, and Columbia Democratic Club President Neil Quinter has said he also may run. No other Republicans have come forward.

Ellicott City girl, 13, accosted by man, police say

A 13-year-old girl was accosted while she was skating in an Ellicott City neighborhood Saturday morning, Howard County police said yesterday.

Police said they got a report about the incident Tuesday night.

The girl was alone on a sidewalk about 11 a.m. near Gray Rock Drive and Walt Mill Road when a man touched her inappropriately through her clothing, police said.

The man was described as white, 5 feet 8 with a medium build and brown hair, police said. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans, and was believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, police said. Police said they have not received any other reports involving a suspect matching that description.

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