Posted On: January 29, 2009

Columbia Auto Accident Kills Man

Roger Gene Bartug, a 22-year-old man, died in a Columbia, MD auto accident November 9, 2008 after he was thrown from the passenger seat of a Ford pickup truck, according to an article in the Baltimore Sun. Bartug was fatally injured in the single-vehicle collision.

Alenxander Randolph Camorali, the driver of the pickup reportedly fled the scene after crashing the truck into a tree. Bartug was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Camorali, 23, was arrested several hours after the accident and will most likely face hit-and-run charges. The fatal car crash occurred at the intersection of Harper’s Farm Road and Twin Rivers Road.

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Posted On: January 27, 2009

Three-Car Collision in Bel Air Bypass Kills Two

A mother and her 8-year-old son were killed in a Bel Air Bypass auto accident. Katherine S. Brady, 31 and 8-year-old Wilson Brady died while Stephen Brady, 32 who was driving their minivan and another child, 2-year-old Ian Brady were listed in serious condition. According to this news report in the Baltimore Sun, the head-on collision occurred when a Jeep Cherokee driven by 37-year-old Christopher Lentz swerved into oncoming traffic striking the Bradys’ Saturn Relay minivan head on. The minivan spun out of control and struck another Ford van behind it.

Bryan Kearchner, the 36-year-old driver of the Ford van is said to have suffered non life threatening injuries. Authorities have charged Lentz with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to this report. Police say Lentz was traveling at 75 mph at the time of the accident. They also say drugs used to treat narcotics addiction were found in Lentz’s vehicle.

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Posted On: January 22, 2009

Baltimore County Pedestrian Accident Kills Man

Baltimore County police have identified a man killed in a pedestrian accident on November 8, 2008 as 39-year-old John Walter Hartwick Jr. the Baltimore Sun reports. Officials say Hartwick was walking south in the 200 block of Eastern Boulevard near Volz Avenue when he was struck by an eastbound Jeep Liberty driven by a 60-year-old Chase woman. Hartwick was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The woman was reportedly uninjured.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,641 pedestrians were killed in 2004 as a result of traffic accidents and nearly 68,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in the United States. That means one pedestrian is killed every two hours in our country. The NHTSA statistics also reveal that alcohol was involved in nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accidents.

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Posted On: January 20, 2009

Teenager Dies in Car versus Dump Truck Accident on Jefferson Pike

Kaitlyn Wilson, 17, was killed in a car versus dump truck collision in Jefferson, Maryland, on November 5, 2008, according to this Gazette news article. Kaitlyn was a passenger in a Honda Civic driven by another 17-year-old, who suffered serious injuries, but survived. Police say the girls were traveling north of Holter Road and the dump truck was heading east on Route 180 when they collided. People who saw the horrific accident say the teenagers were trapped inside, but firefighters quickly extricated them from the vehicle.

According to the article, criminal charges are pending against the 17-year-old driver who police say did not stop at a red light at Jefferson Pike (Route 180). The car then ended up colliding with a State Highway Administration dump truck that was traveling east on Route 180. The dump truck was on top of the front passenger side of the Civic and had crushed Kaitlyn. Both the occupants of the dump truck suffered only minor or non life threatening injuries. Officials also said speed and alcohol were not factors in this Maryland automobile crash.

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Posted On: January 15, 2009

Howard County Bus versus Big Rig Accident Injures Seven

Seven people were injured in a Howard County bus versus tractor trailer crash on southbound U. S. Route 1, according to this Associated Press news report. The crash occurred at Dorsey Road in Elkridge, officials said. The driver of the tractor trailer apparently attempted to make a wide turn into a gas station from the left lane and hit the Howard County transit bus in the process.

It is indeed fortunate that this serious truck crash did not result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Based solely on the facts presented in the AP Report, it appears that the driver of the tractor trailer may not have been paying attention to the bus as he made that turn into the gas station. If this turns out to be the case, the truck driver as well as the trucking company may be held responsible for the accident and injuries caused to the bus driver and passengers.

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Posted On: January 7, 2009

Andrew D. Alpert Named to Maryland Super Lawyers® 2009

The publishers of Law & Politics and Baltimore Magazine have named Maryland attorney Andrew D. Alpert among Maryland’s Super Lawyers® for 2009, an honor recognizing only five percent of lawyers in a given state or region.

A partner in the law firm of Meng & Alpert, LLC located in the Washington DC suburb of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Alpert concentrates his practice in the areas of DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. He was selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer® through a rigorous, multi-phased selection process that included a statewide search, peer recognition and nomination, credentials review and professional achievement. Final selection was based on a points system and peer evaluation by practice area.

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