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Pedestrian killed on Sharpsburg Pike described as bright, energetic

March 11, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Markings on Sharpsburg Pike made by Maryland State Police Investigators can be seen where a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Monday evening.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

A 26-year-old woman who was killed after being struck by a Jeep along Sharpsburg Pike in front of her house Monday night was an information technology consultant who had worked around the country, according to her roommate.

Although Priyanka Malik was from India, she had traveled back and forth between India and the U.S. a number of times and had worked in Delaware, California and New York, said Mary Myers, who lived with Malik in a house across the street from a Food Lion at the intersection of Lyles Drive and Sharpsburg Pike.

Myers said she and Malik were in their house together Monday night when Malik left. Myers said she thinks Malik went to the Food Lion to get some juice.

“I said ‘OK, see you in a bit. Be careful,’’’ Myers recalled.

Maryland State Police said William Guth, 57, of Hagerstown was heading north on Sharpsburg Pike in a 2006 Jeep Liberty when Malik walked into the roadway. Malik was struck by the Jeep and died due to her injuries, according to state police, who responded at 8:52 p.m.

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Myers said she looked out and saw vehicles stopped in the road. Myers said a state police trooper eventually made contact with her and the trooper took her to Meritus Medical Center to identify Malik.

Myers talked Tuesday afternoon at her home about the accident. Myers said she was “still shocked. My boyfriend and I still expect her to come breezing through the door,” Myers said.

Myers said she and Malik had become friends and Malik had moved in with her in February. Myers described Malik as “extremely bright” and energetic, adding that Malik had taken skiing and swimming lessons.

“My boyfriend said it was eerie like she was trying to do everything she could. It just seems like a really big waste,” Myers said.

 Sharpsburg Pike was closed after the accident. Rescue crews had lights set up at the accident scene and a state police trooper was taking photographs in an overgrown area off the northbound lane.

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