Howard man dies of injuries suffered in crash on icy ramp

December 08, 2009

A 47-year-old Howard County man died Monday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore of injuries suffered in a traffic collision over the weekend on an icy ramp in Ellicott City, according to police. The weather conditions also led to a minor collision between a Howard County police car and an ambulance responding to the scene of the accident, which happened about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. Police said Nian Chen, 47, of the 3000 block of W. Springs Drive in Ellicott City was driving west on state Route 100 and merging onto U.S. 29 in a 2008 Honda Civic when he lost control of his car on the ramp, spun and crashed into a guardrail. He was standing outside the car when the driver of a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck lost control and struck him, according to police. The Ford then traveled down an embankment adjacent to southbound U.S. 29. The driver of the pickup, Nicholas Pullin, 20, of the 6000 block of Belmont Woods Road in Elkridge, was not injured. A police vehicle arriving on the scene slid into the side of an ambulance that was stopped on the bridge. No one was injured in that collision, police said.

- Baltimore Sun staff

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