Unlicensed Suspect Driving Stolen Vehicle Charged In Fatal Crash In Baltimore Co.
(COCKEYSVILLE, MD) — The driver struck by an unlicensed suspect fleeing troopers in a stolen truck has died and the suspect has been charged with more than two dozen criminal and traffic offenses in Baltimore County.
The victim is identified as Leon M. Jones, 58, of Hunt Valley, Md. He died late yesterday afternoon despite efforts to save his life at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he had been flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter.
The suspect is identified as Zackery M. Haeger, 26, of Parkville, MD. Based on evidence developed by the Maryland State Police Crash Team and troopers from the Golden Ring Barrack and after consultation with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, Haeger, was charged late last night with the following:
-negligent manslaughter by auto
-criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle
-negligent auto homicide while under the influence
-homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol
-homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs
-homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance
-two counts of first degree assault
-two counts of second degree assault
-unlawful taking of a motor vehicle
-failure to stop at a red light
-exceeding the speed limit
-driving under the influence of alcohol
-driving while impaired by alcohol
-attempting to elude uniformed police by failing to stop
-attempting to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot
-attempting to elude police in official police vehicle by failing to stop
-attempting to elude police in official police vehicle by fleeing on foot
-attempting to elude police resulting in bodily injury to another
-attempting to elude police resulting in death of another
-failure to remain at scene of accident involving bodily injury
-failure to remain at scene of accident involving death
-failure to stop after accident involving damage to vehicle
-failure to remain at scene of accident involving damage to vehicle
-failure of driver involved in accident to render assistance to injured person
-driving without a license.
The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team indicates that shortly before 2:00 p.m. yesterday, a call was received at the Golden Ring Barrack reporting a Ford F550 dump truck owned by a roofing company from Hampstead, Md., had been stolen in Baltimore. The truck was reportedly traveling north on I-83 and troopers responded to the area.
Troopers located the unoccupied stolen truck in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on York Road at Frankel Way, in Cockeysville. Troopers set up a surveillance and saw a male leave the store and get into the truck. Troopers in uniform and marked police patrol vehicles attempted to stop the driver, but he refused to stop and accelerated directly at two troopers who were on foot. The troopers jumped out of the way to avoid being struck.
The suspect drove south on York Road as troopers followed with lights and sirens activated. The investigation indicates the suspect drove down the center median lane on York Road, exceeding the speed limit and failing to stop at a red light. The suspect struck another vehicle at Padonia Road and York Road, causing disabling damage to that vehicle.
The suspect turned left onto Padonia Road then left onto Cranbrook Road. The investigation indicates the suspect crossed the double yellow center line into the southbound lanes of Cranbrook Road in the area of Rossbrooke Road. A Nissan Versa, driven by Mr. Jones, was traveling in the southbound lanes of Cranbrook Road. The investigation indicates Mr. Jones swerved into the northbound lanes to avoid being struck, but the suspect reentered the northbound lanes and struck the Nissan head-on.
The suspect then fled on foot from the truck. Troopers pursued and arrested him a short distance away.
Additional troopers provided emergency care to the victim until the arrival of EMS personnel from the Baltimore County Fire Department. The victim was extricated from his car and transported to Shock Trauma.
The suspect requested medical attention and was transported to Sinai Hospital for evaluation. He gave a false name to troopers, but a fingerprint check positively identified the suspect as Haeger.
Following his release from the hospital, he was taken to the Golden Ring Barrack where charges were placed against him. He was taken for an initial appearance before a court commissioner and is being held without bond in the Baltimore County Detention Center.
A check of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration records determined Haeger does not have a driver’s license. The investigation is continuing.
All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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