Digest

April 10, 2008

MdTA employee is killed in crash on shoulder of I-95

A Maryland Transportation Authority maintenance employee was killed yesterday afternoon on Interstate 95 while clearing debris near the White Marsh area, bringing traffic to a standstill for several hours, authorities said.

The victim, identified by the authority as Gregory Anthony Bauer, 37, was taken by ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Bauer had been clearing debris from the left lane shoulder on the southbound side of the highway, walking several feet in front of an authority truck parked on the same side about 2 p.m., state police said.

A gray 2007 Mazda driving southbound lost control and hit the median between the maintenance truck and Bauer. The vehicle then slid down the median wall and struck Bauer, throwing him onto the northbound shoulder, police said.

State police identified the Mazda driver as Kathryn Eileen Cote, 35, of Salisbury. She was taken to Franklin Square Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The accident, which occurred about three miles north of Exit 67 in White Marsh, closed all southbound lanes and one northbound lane, between Exit 74 at Route 152 and White Marsh Boulevard, for about two hours. Police are continuing the investigation.

Bauer, of Abingdon, is survived by his wife, Stacey, an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter, the authority said.

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore County

: Pikesville

Boy hit by school bus is critically injured

A 6-year-old Pikesville boy struck by a Baltimore County school bus about 4 p.m. yesterday was in critical condition last night, county police said.

The boy was flown to the Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, said Sgt. Robert Czawlytko of the county police traffic division.

Police did not release the boy's name but said he was struck -- not run over -- by the bus and that he suffered head injuries.

The boy was with his 7-year-old brother at the time of the accident, Czawlytko said, though the older boy was not injured. Neighbors said the curbs are being redone and thought the boys might have run across the street to play in the dirt.

After striking the boy at Ivanhoe Place and Clarendon Avenue, the bus driver left and finished her route, police said. "She did not know she had struck someone," Czawlytko said. She returned to the scene when authorities contacted her.

Kara E. Calder, a county schools spokeswoman, said the school transportation office was assisting county police with the investigation.

Julie Bykowicz

Frederick County

: Walkersville

Church building has 3-alarm fire

A three-alarm fire battled by at least 75 firefighters damaged a building under construction at a Roman Catholic church in Frederick County yesterday, a county fire official said.

The fire, reported in a multipurpose building shortly before 3 p.m. at St. Timothy's parish on Biggs Ford Road in Walkersville, was declared under control in about an hour.

At least 75 firefighters from more than a dozen career and volunteer stations from Frederick and Carroll counties battled the fire, said Mike Dmuchowski, the spokesman for the county Division of Fire and Rescue Services. He said two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

The state fire marshal's office said a spark from workers welding on the roof appeared to have ignited nearby combustible materials. The building, which was 80 percent complete, sustained $1 million in damage, the office said.

The Rev. Andrew D. Aaron, pastor of the church, said the fire did not reach the main sanctuary, about 30 feet away, and that church services would not be affected. Aaron said the church serves 980 families.

He said the multipurpose building, which was expected to open July 1, contains a basketball court, meeting rooms and offices.

Richard Irwin

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