A man was killed along I-95 near Route 152 in Harford County on Wednesday morning after he allegedly ran into traffic while fleeing police during a traffic stop in which police said rifles were found in his vehicle's trunk.
Maryland Transportation Authority police officers stopped the man at 10:01 a.m. for a seat belt violation near the off ramp to the Route 152 interchange in Joppa, MDTA Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said Wednesday afternoon.
The driver was found to be in violation of a rental agreement, prompting police to impound his 2012 Chevrolet Impala with New Jersey registration, Green said.
During the impound process, officers discovered three rifles in the vehicle's trunk.
"Shortly after the rifles were discovered, the driver fled into traffic on foot and was struck by a 2003 Ford minivan and was pronounced dead," Green said.
The dead man has not been identified, and no further details on the incident were immediately available Wednesday afternoon.
Three MDTA officers were on the scene during the impounding process, Green said.
Green did not know if the man had showed signs of hostility or resisting arrest before running into traffic.
The highway was closed to northbound traffic for nearly five hours, until 3:07 p.m., for the investigation.
MDTA police are investigating the vehicle and weapons, while Maryland State Police are handling the identification of the dead man, Green said.
He confirmed the MDTA police vehicles do have cameras, whose footage could be used in the investigation.
A spokesman for the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company said earlier that the fire company was called to the scene on northbound I-95 at milepost 74, between the Route 152 off ramp and overpasses, at 11 a.m.
The pedestrian, whose body was lying along the left – or fast – shoulder, was pronounced dead at 11:08 a.m., the spokesman said.
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