Swerving, speeding driver dies after hitting tree

Man was driving erratically on eastbound Route 100 in Pasadena, police said

October 05, 2011|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

A man who was speeding and swerving down Route 100 in Pasadena died after hitting a tree Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police have been unable to identify the driver, whose body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office for an autopsy, Maryland State Police said in a statement.

The man was the only person in the pickup, police said, and he was not the registered owner. Police do not think the truck was stolen.

About 4:30 p.m., a state trooper from the Glen Burnie Barrack saw a blue 1998 Dodge Dakota truck swerving within a lane on Route 10 near Route 648, police said.

The vehicle was going 82 mph in a 55 mph zone and, shortly after, the truck spun around, police said.

The trooper attempted to pull the truck over, but the driver sped away and took eastbound Route 100, passing cars on the left by driving in the median, police said.

The driver eventually lost control of the truck, hitting an embankment and then a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eastbound Route 100 was closed until 9 p.m., police said. The crash is under investigation.



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