Just a few months after an 83-year-old driver struck a Johns Hopkins student on a bicycle, putting him in a coma, another pedestrian accident occurred near the campus. This time, police say, the accident was an early morning hit-and-run crash that injured two students and led to the arrest of a suspect who was trying to flee the scene.
A member of the university's security staff witnessed the latest accident near Charles Commons and was able to track down the vehicle driven by the hit-and-run driver with the help of two off-duty Baltimore police officers. Charges against the suspect are pending investigation.
Last winter, a 20-year-old Johns Hopkins student was struck while riding a bicycle on University Parkway. The student's injuries were so severe that he lapsed into a coma, from which he is not expected to recover. An elderly woman has been charged in the February traffic accident with failure to yield and negligent driving.
A recent report issued by the Governors High Safety Association places Maryland near the top of the list of states with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities. According to the data, over 20 percent of traffic accidents in the state involve pedestrians and two out of every 100,000 Maryland residents die as a result of fatal pedestrian accidents.
The study's author surmises that the reason the Baltimore area is especially prone to pedestrian accident deaths is the constant exposure to vehicles that pedestrians have in the urban setting and the attitude of the drivers. While other states' drivers are more likely to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in traffic, Baltimore drivers have earned a reputation of pedestrian indifference.
Source: Baltimore Sun, "Two Johns Hopkins students struck by hit-and-run driver," Peter Hermann, 5/7/2011