A popular drug counselor at Southwestern High School in Baltimore was killed in a five-vehicle accident Tuesday night on Pulaski Highway, Baltimore County police said yesterday.
Benjamin Alexander Colvin Jr., who was employed by Echo House Multiservice Center, a neighborhood-based West Baltimore self-help agency, was killed about 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a car on U.S. 40 near Rosedale Avenue in Rosedale after a collision, police said.
Investigators said the chain-reaction crash began when a 40-year-old man lost control of his floral delivery van in the westbound lanes of Route 40, spun into the eastbound lanes and hit two cars, a 1992 Mazda MPV and Colvin's Toyota Camry.
Colvin, 25, of the first block of Navigator Court in Middle River apparently had gotten out of his car when he was hit by a 1994 Oldsmobile, police said.
The driver of a motorcycle was also injured in the accident, but was released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said.
It was unclear yesterday why the driver of the van, owned by a florist in Randallstown, lost control of his vehicle, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. Police identified the driver, who was unhurt, as Ronald L. Queen of the 5600 block of Groveland Ave. in Baltimore.