Baltimore inmate is killed by car while clearing trash

June 19, 2007

A prison inmate from Baltimore was killed and another inmate was injured after a sedan veered off the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County and hit a trash removal crew from a state Division of Correction boot camp, according to Maryland State Police.

James Morton-Bey, 27, who was serving a two-year sentence for distribution of drugs, was killed, said correction division spokeswoman Maj. Priscilla Doggett. The second inmate was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Both were wearing reflective vests.

Seven inmates from the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp in Jessup were removing trash from the shoulder of the inner loop at about 10 a.m., according to a news release, when a Toyota Avalon in the right lane veered onto the shoulder.

The driver, Robert F. Cayruth Jr., of Richmond, Va., struck the inmates and a guardrail before stopping. Neither he nor his passenger was injured, according to a news release. State police are still investigating, and it was unclear yesterday whether charges would be filed.

Liz F. Kay

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