By Mary Gail Hare and Kevin Rector
Baltimore Sun reporter
10:52 AM EDT, June 10, 2012
Maryland State Police have charged a 25-year-old Frederick County man with assault, driving under the influence and reckless endangerment in connection with a road-rage incident that involved four vehicles on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Saturday evening.
Police said Cody James Hickerson was driving a Nissan Titan truck erratically in a southbound lane of the highway in Baltimore City at about 8:30 p.m. when the driver of a Subaru Outback sounded his horn. Hickerson then drove his vehicle into the passenger side of the Subaru and continued driving, police said. He then stopped the truck near the Waterview Avenue exit, forcing traffic to come a halt. He and his passenger, Dylan Louis Mangini, 22, got out of the truck, approached the Subaru, which was behind them, and struck the car with their fists and knees, police said.
Two men in a Pontiac GTO stopped to assist the Subaru's driver, who had called police. When the Pontiac left the scene, Hickerson and Mangini returned to the truck and drove after the car, crossing the line into Baltimore County. Hickerson then drove into the rear end of the Pontiac and also struck the car's passenger side, causing it to spin off the highway, police said.
Hickerson then lost control of the truck, crossed the median and overturned several times on the northbound side of the highway, police said. The truck landed on the hood of a Honda Civic and Hickerson was ejected from the truck, police said.
Investigators found alcoholic beverages on the ground next to the truck, as well as in the truck, police said.
Hickerson and Mangini were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were both in serious but stable condition Sunday, police said.
Deborah Latour, 53, who was driving the Honda Civic, was also taken to Shock Trauma, but she had been discharged by Sunday afternoon. The two men in the Pontiac GTO were also taken to an area hospital with less serious injuries, police said.
Hickerson faces three counts of first- and second-degree assault, DUI, malicious destruction of property and multiple traffic violations, police said. Mangini faces one count each of second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property, police said.
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