Baltimore man walking on Philadelphia Road in Joppa hit by car, killed

Trooper say Jack Watson was under the influence of alcohol


A Baltimore man whom police say appeared to be under the influence of alcohol was hit by a car and killed as he walked along Philadelphia Road in Joppa late Tuesday evening.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Philadelphia Road (Route 7) between Mountain Road (Route 152) and Clayton Road, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Troopers said Jack Franklin Watson, 61, of the 2000 block of Frames Road in Baltimore, was walking in the westbound traffic lane of Philadelphia Road east of Mountain Road, wearing dark, non-reflective clothing, according to the release.

The area of road is not illuminated by street lights. A 1973 Volkswagen Beetle, driven by Robert Anthony Sunderhaus, 32, of Essex, was heading west on Philadelphia Road and hit Watson, according to the release.

Paramedics from Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene and found Watson unresponsive. He was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m.

Troopers from the Bel Air Barrack investigating the crash said that while speed does not appear to be a contributing factor in the crash, Watson appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The Harford County State's Attorney's Office will be consulted to determine if charges will be filed pursuant to this investigation.

Philadelphia Road was closed for approximately three hours while troopers investigated the collision.

Watson's death is the seventh on Harford County roads this year and the third in the last six days.

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