Driver, 82, dies after hitting officer's cruiser

March 01, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An 82-year-old Middle River resident died yesterday morning after his car apparently ran a red light and broad-sided a Harford County Sheriff's Office cruiser, injuring and briefly trapping a 39-year-old corporal, authorities said.

Patrick Dale Fowler of the 2100 block of Hawthorne Road was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air after the crash at 7:30 a.m. at U.S. 40 and Route 152 in Joppa, said Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's office spokesman.

Cpl. James Osborne, an eight-year veteran, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Witnesses said Fowler had a red light as his 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier entered the intersection on eastbound U.S. 40, Hopkins said.

Osborne, who was traveling north on Route 152, had a green light and apparently could not see Fowler's car because of a larger vehicle in his line of vision that stopped in time to avoid the collision, Hopkins said.

After the impact, Fowler's car hit a Dodge Durango in the westbound lanes of U.S. 40. Its driver was not injured, Hopkins said.

Authorities closed the intersection for three hours while they reconstructed the crash. They were trying to determine why Fowler did not stop for the light and were awaiting the results of an autopsy, he said.

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