A Frederick man died Friday, August 10, of injuries he sustained after he ran into oncoming traffic along Maryland Route 26. Maryland State Police believe the man may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
According to police reports, another driver was traveling along Md. 26, also known as Liberty Road, when he spotted a person who appeared to be unconscious lying along the side of the road near the intersection of Unionville Road.
The driver stopped the car to check on the still figure lying on the shoulder. As the driver approached the man, who has since been identified as 21-year-old Kevin Stanley Williams, Williams woke up with a start, jumped up on his feet and started running.
Instead of running farther away from the road, Williams ran directly into the middle of Md. 26 just as another vehicle was passing that portion of the road around 4:40 a.m. Williams was hit by the oncoming car and sustained life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Police say they do not expect to press charges against the driver of the westbound Volkswagon who was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the running pedestrian. A police investigation shows the driver was traveling in the correct lane and at a constant speed.
It is unclear why Williams ran into the road, but police suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the Maryland auto accident. They have performed a toxicology report and are waiting on the results.
The Maryland accident attorneys of Nickelsporn and Lundin express our condolences to the family and friends of Kevin Williams.