Three people were hurt and one man was killed in a tragic automobile accident in mid-January at a parking lot near the Lexington Market. Accidents of this kind can sometimes be attributed to faulty vehicle steering or brake systems. Occasionally, driver error or drunk driving can result in multiple personal injuries from being hit by a truck, SUV or passenger car.
As a Baltimore automobile accident and injury lawyer, I have seen first-hand the often severe injuries that a pedestrian can sustain as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle. When a crash of this kind occurs, with a crowd of people, many individuals can be hurt or even killed. According to a news article, a 72-year-old pedestrian died of his injuries after he and others were hit by a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Police reports show that the woman driving the truck apparently suffered a seizure as she was driving through one of the market’s parking lots, just off North Eutaw Street. The driver subsequently lost control of the vehicle causing it to drive into a group of people. In the course of the crash, Donald L. Wheeler from Virginia sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
One man who was trapped under the truck was seriously injured and taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Another person, a woman who was found unconscious and not breathing, was also taken to Shock Trauma. A third pedestrian sustained a knee injury was treated at University Hospital, part of the University of Maryland Medical Center downtown.
At the time of the report, police were unable to provide names or ages of those who survived the accident. A police spokesperson said no charges had been brought against the driver, who was treated at University Hospital for a possible seizure. The driver’s female passenger was not hurt in the crash.
Truck plows into crowd, killing man, BaltimoreSun.com, January 17. 2010