Churchville man, county executive candidate dies in car accident

Driver left road, struck utility pole

May 21, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A 50-year-old Churchville man and candidate for county executive died Thursday after his car struck a utility pole in Bel Air, police said.

Stephen Michael Wright of the 3400 block of McCommons Road in Churchville was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, after driving a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee off Wheel Road into a utility pole shortly before 7 p.m., Harford County police said.

Police said Wright was traveling south in the 500 block of Wheel Road when the passenger side of the Jeep went off the road before hitting a utility pole on the right side of the road.

Wright was not speeding and both driver- and passenger-side airbags deployed, police said, but there were no indications he was wearing a seat belt.

Traffic on Wheel Road was detoured for about two hours, from Laurel Bush Road to Patterson Mill Road, while repairs were made to the utility pole, police said.

Wright, a member of Harford County's Republican Central Committee, was the first to file for the county executive race, according to the Aegis. He was set to run against incumbent David R. Craig and former county council president Robert Wagner in the September GOP primary, the paper reported.

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