Man critically injured in parking garage crash near Columbia mall

Van hopped curb before striking pole, police say

August 17, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore man was critically injured in a parking garage near the Columbia mall Thursday night when his van jumped a curb and struck a concrete support post, Howard County police said.

About 7:09 p.m., Shmuel Yaakov Kleiner, 60, of the 6000 block of Clover Road in the Glen neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, was driving a 2003 Acura MDX on the first floor of the parking garage at 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway when it hopped a curb and struck the post, police said.

Kleiner was medevaced to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition by Maryland State Police, police said. He was still listed in critical condition Friday morning.

There were no passengers in his vehicle, police said.

Police were investigating whether Kleiner had "suffered some sort of medical emergency" prior to the crash, they said.

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