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Good Samaritan from Abingdon is struck, killed in I-95 accident

BY MARISSA GALLO, mgallo@theaegis.com

3:17 PM EST, December 17, 2012

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An Abingdon man died and a civilian worker with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police was injured after helping a driver with a flat tire on Route 152 in Joppa Monday morning.

John Scott, 54, of the 2700 block of Laurel Valley Garth, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:30 a.m. on the northbound shoulder of Route 152 near the I-95 southbound ramp.

Walter Feick, of the 1900 block of Bennett Road in Aberdeen, was taken by Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with non-life threatening injuries; he was in stable condition.

"Scott responded to the scene as a good Samaritan to aid the motorist with a flat tire," a press release from Maryland State Police said. "He was driving a Chevy S-10 pickup and parked in front of the disabled vehicle on the shoulder of northbound Route 152, where the incident occurred."

Feick, a 41-year-old vehicle recovery technician with Maryland Transportation Authority Police, was on duty at the time of the incident when he also responded to the scene to help.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barracks were dispatched to the scene of a traffic crash on the northbound shoulder of Route 152 in Joppa, near the I-95 southbound ramp.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 2004 Pontiac, four-door passenger vehicle had pulled onto the shoulder of Route 152 after a tire on the driver's side of the vehicle blew out, according to the press release.

The driver parked the car 10 to 15 feet off the road, according to the release, then called Mr. Scott for assistance. Mr. Scott arrived around the same time as Feick and both worked to replace the tire.

For unknown reasons, the driver of a 2001 four door Volkswagen exited from the I-95 southbound ramp onto Route 152, heading north when she lost control and skidded into the disabled vehicle, according to the release.

Police believe Feick and Scott were on the driver's side of the vehicle working on the tire and the owner of the disabled vehicle was in the backseat at the time of the incident.

The driver of the vehicle with the flat tire and the vehicle that lost control and slid into the disabled vehicle, both of whom declined medical treatment, are being withheld because of the ongoing investigation.

The ramp from southbound I-95 to northbound Route 152 was closed for three and a half hours.

Seven units from Joppa-Magnolia were responding with 20 volunteer firefighters and paramedics.