Two pedestrians die after being hit by trucks

STATE DIGEST

September 16, 2007

Two pedestrians were struck and killed by tractor-trailers early yesterday morning in separate incidents in Baltimore County, and the driver of one of the giant trucks left the scene and remains unaccounted for, state police said.

About 1:30 a.m., police were alerted to a hit-and-run on southbound Interstate 83 south of Ruxton Road. Lucretia Russell, 35, of Catonsville had been standing outside her disabled Nissan Quest on the shoulder when she was struck by an unidentified 18-wheeler with a red tractor and white trailer. She was pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived at the scene.

Police do not have a make, model or license plate on the vehicle, but asked anyone with information about the incident to call 410-780-2700.

The second fatality took place on the ramp from the outer loop of Interstate 695 to northbound Interstate 95 about 4:30 a.m. John Steven Grace, 44, of Middle River was standing in a lane on the ramp when he was struck by an 18-wheeler. The driver of that vehicle stopped and contacted authorities, police said.

Grace was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, and police said it was unclear why he was walking on the interstate at that hour.

The two incidents were not believed to be related.

Bradley Olson

Harford County

: Edgewood

Police cadet dies in motorcycle crash

A 34-year-old Baltimore police academy cadet was killed in a motorcycle accident in Edgewood last night.

Officials withheld the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.

Harford County responders found the man dead at the scene of the accident in the 2300 block of Hanson Road, where he had struck a road sign about 7:25 p.m. Preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor in the crash, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, a spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. He was apparently not wearing a helmet.

The victim, a resident of Edgewood, had an 8-year-old daughter, said acting police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

The man had been in the academy class for about a month, Bealefeld said. He had recently come from Puerto Rico to become a Baltimore police officer and would have graduated next year.

The accident occurred while the cadet was off duty, Baltimore police said.

Baltimore

: Meyerhoff

Small propane fire interrupts BSO gala

A fire caused by a propane tank interrupted a black tie gala at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall last night at about 10 p.m.

Baltimore firefighters contained the fire in about 20 minutes. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was celebrating its 25th season at the Meyerhoff. No one was injured.

The fire occurred in a tent outside the Meyerhoff. It was preceded by a blast that sent people scurrying. The propane tank was used to provide a flame to heat food.

Tickets for the event sold for as high as $1,200 per person. The gala also marked the inaugural season for Marin Alsop, the orchestra's new musical director.

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