Aberdeen man, 20, dies after being struck on Rt. 22 Saturday night

March 27, 2012

A 20-year-old Aberdeen man who was critically injured Saturday night as he walked along westbound Route 22, died Sunday, according to Aberdeen police.

At about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aberdeen police officers responded to westbound Route 22 just west of Middleton Road to investigate reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Arriving officers found Phillip P. Gaskill, 20, of the 400 block of Law Street in Aberdeen, suffering from serious head injuries. A 2004 Volvo driven by Oxana Keck, of Aberdeen Proving Ground, had struck Mr. Gaskill just west of the Middleton Road intersection.

Mr. Gaskill was trying to cross Route 22, Aberdeen Police Lt. Fred Budnick said Tuesday.

Mr. Gaskill was treated by paramedics from the Aberdeen Fire Department and transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in "very critical condition" Sunday afternoon, according to Aberdeen police. He died later that day, police said.

Westbound Route 22 traffic was temporarily rerouted around the traffic scene onto Middleton Road and through the shopping center that is home to Panera Bread and Mars supermarket onto Beards Hill Road and then back onto westbound Route 22.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. No charges are pending against Keck, who was not injured. Members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit are assisting Aberdeen police in the investigation.

Mr. Gaskill's death was the third involving a pedestrian on Harford County roads this year. There have been 11 traffic-related fatalities in the county this year.

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