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Samaritan struck, killed on I-70

January 04, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

FREDERICK, Md. - A good Samaritan motorist was struck and killed when he stopped to help a disabled car on the median of I-70 at South Street at 7:36 a.m. on Sunday.

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Maryland State Police said Harold E. Hann, 56, of Mains Lane, Frederick, had parked on the shoulder of I-70 after noticing a 1990 Nissan pickup truck stuck on the ice-covered median.

The car was driven by Robert W. Judon, 32, of Vision Lane, Walkersville, Md., police said.

Hann walked across the highway and was standing on the median near the pickup truck when he was hit by a 1994 Jeep Wrangler traveling west on I-70, police said.

Police said the driver lost control of the car on the slick roadway and drove into the median.

The Jeep first struck Judon's car and then Hann, police said.

Hann was taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

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Jeffrey S. Tyler, 36, of Ridge Road, Westminster, Md., was given a traffic citation for negligent driving, police said.

Police said the highway was covered with snow and ice and a steady rain was falling at the time of the accident.

A snow emergency plan had been issued by Maryland State Police at the time of the incident. It was lifted at 11 a.m.

According to police, the speed limit on I-70 is 65 mph. However, drivers should always use caution and when traveling on icy roads, police said.

"On the day the advisory was issued some or all of the roads were poor," said police.

The advisory requires all cars on the roads to have snow tires or all-weather tires, police said.

Those in violation can be towed or receive multiple citations.

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