Police recently reported a tragic pedestrian death along I-695 recently when a Parkville, MD, man was attempting to cross the busy interstate on foot. The incident occurred on December 5, when an Exxon tanker truck driving along the Beltway’s Inner Loop near Harford Road came up on a man attempting to cross the roadway just before 11am on that Saturday morning. According to Maryland State Police the pedestrian apparently died at the scene after being struck by the oil company’s big rig.
As Maryland trucking accident and personal injury lawyers, we have the ability to represent the families of victims killed as a result of another person’s negligence. In this case, police who were investigating the accident said that the tractor-trailer rig was hauling an empty tanker trailer at the time.
According to early reports, state troopers could not immediately give a reason as to why the deceased pedestrian was on the Beltway to start with, nor if weather conditions may have been a factor in the fatal accident. Initially the man’s identity was not provided, but following notification of his next of kin he was identified as 57-year-old Joseph Mark Scannell.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division were charged with investigating the accident. They determined that the truck driver, Jerry Lyn Brooks, 46, of Ellicott City, was not injured in the incident.
The Inner Loop was shut down briefly around the accident scene with a number of lanes being closed for several hours while the investigation took place. Police also said that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Pedestrian killed on I-695, ExploreBaltimoreCounty.com, December 7, 2009