Man dies in apparent suicide on JFX

He crashed pickup truck near highway, walked into traffic and was hit by van

August 26, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

In a death tentatively ruled a suicide, a 44-year-old Baltimore County man stepped into the path of traffic on the Jones Falls Expressway near Mount Washington late yesterday afternoon and was struck by a van, city police said.

The incident occurred after the Rosedale man's pickup truck had crashed on an access road next to the light rail tracks near the Kelly Avenue bridge, disrupting rail operations and evening rush-hour expressway traffic.

The man was driving his Dodge pickup truck south on the access road about 4:30 p.m. when the vehicle overturned, said police homicide Detective Al Marcus.

According to Marcus, the man worked for a roofing firm near the crash scene and had been distraught for various reasons.

After crawling out of his damaged truck, Marcus said, the man found an opening in the chain-link fence next to the tracks, crossed the tracks and crawled up a steep brush- and vine-covered slope to the expressway.

He crossed all three lanes of southbound traffic, climbed over the median and entered the northbound lanes, and was nearly struck by a car driven by an off-duty city police officer, Marcus said.

He then walked back over the northbound lanes, crossed the first and second lanes of southbound I-83 and was in the third lane when he was struck by a Dodge Ram van driven by a woman.

The impact shattered the van's windshield and broke a headlight, but the driver was not injured, Marcus said.

The man, whose body landed in the roadway, was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The southbound JFX was closed between the Beltway and Northern Parkway and did not fully reopen until about 10 p.m.

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