A Maryland car chase turned fatal Tuesday, January 24, when a burglary suspect who was trying to flee police caused a three-car auto accident. The suspect, Aaron Nathaniel McCoy Jr., was killed in the crash.
McCoy and Jenard David Toliver, both 21 years old and residents of Baltimore, are suspects in a string of robberies that occurred over the weekend in northern Baltimore County.
According to police, the two had just completed another burglary shortly before the car chase. They were driving a gray 2006 Honda Accord they had previously stolen when a victim of their latest burglary caught them driving off and called police with a partial license number.
Police saw a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle speeding southbound along Jarrettsville Pike (Dulaney Valley Road). When they tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver did not stop. Police cars turned over the chase to an aviation crew that followed the vehicle from above. McCoy, who was driving the vehicle, continued to speed up.
About 3 p.m. he tried to swerve around a Jeep Grand Cherokee but missed, striking the vehicle’s left corner. Both vehicles veered into opposing traffic and hit a white GMC 2500 truck traveling northbound.
The Honda then crashed into a utility pole near Ivy Church Road. McCoy was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Toliver had exited the vehicle near Merrymans Mill Road five minutes before the accident, and police quickly apprehended him. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Several of the missing items, mostly electronics, were recovered from the stolen vehicle.
Three others involved in the Maryland auto accident were treated for minor injuries.