Maryland Accident News: UPS Truck Crash Kills Baltimore Sun Editor, Injures Man’s Daughter

Tragedy struck earlier this month when the business editor of the Baltimore Sun newspaper was killed in a trucking accident involving a United Parcel Service delivery truck. The wreck also injured the man’s nine-year-old daughter. Although the accident investigation was not yet completed, it appears that the truck driver may have run a red light. As Maryland trucking accident attorneys, our firm represents victims and their families in cases involving driver negligence and fatal or near-fatal injury accidents caused by drivers of semis and other heavy trucks.

The collision that took the life of Timothy Wheatley in the morning hours of October 1 at the intersection of Corbett and York Road in Monkton also resulted in critical injuries to his young daughter, Sarah. The two were riding in Wheatley’s 1999 Honda Civic when it was broadsided by the UPS delivery vehicle.

Police reports show that the Wheatley was dead at the scene, while his daughter survived and was taken to Sinai Hospital and then Johns Hopkins Children Center. The forth-grader from Sparks Elementary School was still listed as critical several days later.

Police received and accident call just before 9am. According to witnesses, the Civic was pulling out of Corbett Road to go southbound on York Road when it was hit by the truck. Deborah Curtis of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, was two cars behind the UPS truck as it drove northbound on York Road. Curtis told police that she believed the traffic light was red for York Road traffic. According to reports, Curtis had begun to slow down as she approached the light, looked over at her son, and when she looked up again, the UPS truck had already hit the car.

After smashing into the Wheatley’s vehicle, the UPS truck then plowed through two rows of painted wooden fences and came to rest in the field of Marathon Farm, a horse farm owned by Peter Angelos. Police identified the UPS driver as Kevin Callahan, 28, of the unit block of Wellhaven Circle, in Owings Mills. He was not injured in the accident, Toohey said.

Crash claims life of Monkton man, injures 9-year-old daughter,, October 1, 2009

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