Truck hits man, 75, walking across I-95, fatally injuring him

March 07, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

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.

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