Pedestrian hit, critically injured

October 01, 2007|By Richard Irwin

A man was reported in very critical condition at an area hospital after he was struck by a car last night while walking along West Patapsco Avenue near Morrell Park, police said.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the man was walking in the 2900 block of W. Patapsco Ave. toward Washington Boulevard on a dirt footpath between the road and a guardrail, when he was struck from behind by a Dodge Intrepid, whose driver left several yards of skid marks before hitting the man.

After the collision, the car continued along the path for several yards before turning sideways and crashing into a 30-foot aluminum light pole. The impact caused the lamp to fall into the street.

Police said the car sustained serious damage to the passenger's side and that the uninjured driver remained at the scene. Police said he was not cooperating with officers at the scene and was taken into custody.

The pedestrian suffered multiple injuries and was taken by a Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was admitted in very critical condition, police said.

Several men who witnessed the incident were interviewed at the scene.

Traffic along West Patapsco Avenue was detoured from the accident site.

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