Beltway accident kills road worker

Veteran state trooper critically injured in separate I-695 crash

March 09, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A construction worker was killed yesterday evening when a car plowed into a work site on the shoulder of the northern side of the Beltway in an accident that brought traffic to a standstill for several hours.

In an unrelated crash on a Beltway exit ramp two hours earlier, a veteran state police sergeant was critically injured when his car crashed into a tree, authorities said.

The fatal accident occurred about 6 p.m. along the outer loop in Riderwood, between the Jones Falls and Harrisburg expressway segments of Interstate 83.

State police said Erika Glazer, 76, of the 7900 block of Winterset Ave. in Baltimore was westbound on the outer loop when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her 2000 Acura, entered the shoulder of the fast lane and struck David A. Bowles, 51, of Kingsville.

Bowles, an employee of Facchina Construction in La Plata who lived in the 12000 block of Jerusalem Road, was erecting a portable highway sign advising motorists of scheduled lane closings when he was struck, police said.

Bowles was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Glazer, who told police she may have dozed off at the wheel, was uninjured.

Outer-loop traffic was backed up until 10 p.m. from the accident site to Providence Road -- a distance of about 5 miles, police said.

A similar work-site accident occurred March 2 on a nearby stretch of the Beltway when an Ellicott City woman lost control of her 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse while eastbound near Thornton Road and struck three construction workers. She and one of the workers were seriously injured.

The police officer, identified as 35-year-old Patrick J. Brady, a member of the state police Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau stationed in Columbia, was on duty and driving an unmarked Ford Taurus when he left the outer loop of the Beltway on a ramp to westbound U.S. 40 about 4 p.m., said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

For an unknown reason, Brady lost control of the police car, which struck the right-side guardrail, then struck the left curb, hit a tree and overturned, coming to rest near U.S. 40. County firefighters cut the car apart to free him from the wreckage, Shipley said.

Brady, a 10-year veteran who is married to a state police sergeant assigned to the Government Affairs Unit and has a 2-year-old son, suffered head, back and leg injuries and was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Shipley said. He was reported in critical condition late last night.

Both accidents remained under investigation by state police crash teams.

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