A pedestrian who police say may have been drinking was struck and killed along a busy Bel Air highway early Friday morning.

Maryland State Police troopers responded to the area of James Avenue and Route 924 around 5:23 a.m. Friday for a report of an accident involving a pedestrian, according to a news release from the state police Bel Air Barrack.

Medical personnel pronounced Michael Francis Gist, 23, of Jarrettsville, dead at the scene.

Tina Louise Holland, 37, of Forest Hill, was driving a 2003 Kia Sonoma south on Route 924 when the accident occurred, according to state police.


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Holland was not injured, according to the news release.

State police say they believe Gist was walking in the travel portion of Route 924 when he was struck and, "It is possible that Mr. Gist was under the influence of alcoholic beverages at the time of the crash."

Route 924, a major artery entering Bel Air's business district from the north, was closed for three hours during the initial investigation, state police said. The accident occurred near the entrance to the Harford County Detention Center between the Bel Air Bypass and Vale Road.

A duty officer at the Bel Air Barrack said the circumstances surrounding the accident, including whether alcohol may have been a factor, are "still under investigation."

Gist's death was the 23rd highway fatality in Harford County this year.