1 killed, 1 hurt in hit-and-run involving cement mixer

Incident ties up traffic on northbound parkway

April 06, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

One man was killed and another critically injured yesterday afternoon in a hit-and-run incident in which they were struck by a cement mixer while standing next to their disabled Goodwill Industries truck on the shoulder of northbound Route 295 near the Patapsco River, state police said.

The men were standing by the roadway, also known as the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, when they were struck about 2:30 p.m., said police spokesman Sgt. Thornnie Rouse.

Rouse said witnesses reported seeing the cement mixer stop several yards from the scene, then back up before its driver continued north. "It was a white cement mixer, but that's all we have for a description," Rouse said.

The accident and investigation backed up northbound traffic for several miles to Interstate 195, the entrance road for Baltimore-Washington International Airport, until about 6 p.m.

The driver of the disabled truck, Robert Errol Johnson Sr., 44, of the 2600 block of Kirk Ave. in Baltimore, was pronounced dead at the scene. His co-worker, Robert L. Howard, 52, of the first block of Tentmill Lane in Pikesville - who had multiple injuries - was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was listed in critical condition, Rouse said.

Names of the men were being withheld pending notification of family members.

Anyone with information about the cement mixer and its driver who fled the scene was asked to call the Glen Burnie state police barracks at 410- 761-5130.

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