Queenstown man, 21, missing after Bay Bridge crash

December 21, 2005|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

Maryland Transportation Authority Police know this much: A Nissan sedan rear-ended a Ford truck on the Bay Bridge early Friday.

They know the driver of the Ford is OK, and they know that the passenger in the Nissan is fine.

But they can't find the Nissan's driver, Joshua Bowie Homer, 21, of Queenstown. He apparently disappeared after the accident, police said.

"His parents have not heard from him. That's why we sent out a press release - we're trying to find him," said Cpl. Pamela Thorne. "We don't know if another driver picked him up. We want to question him about the accident."

Thorne noted that it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident.

Homer does not have a criminal record, according to a computer search of Maryland court cases.

Reached by phone, Garry J. Homer, Joshua Homer's father, confirmed that he had not heard from his son and said, "This is the first time that I've had a conversation on the phone without breaking up. We put out a missing-person's report. That's all I want to say now."

When police arrived at the accident scene at 1:54 a.m. Friday, they said they found the tan Nissan that Homer was driving parked on the bridge. In the car, they found a 20-year-old woman asleep in the passenger seat, Thorne said.

"She said she was the driver's ex-girlfriend," Thorne said. The woman did not realize there had been an accident and had no idea where Homer had gone, Thorne said. She owns the car, Thorne said.

Police did not release the passenger's name, but said she was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The keys were not in the Nissan's ignition, Thorne said.

The other driver, Lorraine Marie Watson, 33, of Grasonville, was scared after the accident and pulled her truck off the bridge into a parking lot, then called police, Thorne said. Watson was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.

The Transit Authority Police's marine unit is patrolling the waters north and south of the bridge daily, authorities said.

Anyone with information about Homer's whereabouts is asked to call Maryland Transportation Authority Police at 410-295-8146.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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