Driver sought after crash with city police van on JFX

October 01, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

An unidentified driver struck a police prisoner transport van early yesterday on Interstate 83 in Baltimore, causing the vehicle to flip over.

The driver of the van was bringing a single prisoner from the Police Department's Northwestern Precinct to the Central Booking and Intake Center in Downtown Baltimore, according to Agent Donny Moses, a department spokesman.

Witnesses told police that a 1996 Saturn sedan traveling at high speed approached the van about midnight near the 28th Street exit, Moses said. The Saturn struck the right rear of the van, causing it to spin counterclockwise, roll over and strike the center Jersey barrier.

The driver of the Saturn stopped his car and fled on foot. He has not been identified or detained by police, Moses said.

The van driver and passenger, who were not identified, were taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, Moses said. The police investigation into the accident is continuing and "charges are more than likely to be forthcoming" against the Saturn driver, the spokesman said.

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