A Carroll County man is facing charges after he allegedly struck and killed an Anne Arundel woman Thursday when he was driving while intoxicated on Maryland Route 10, according to Anne Arundel County Police.
Tramellia Nicole Wright, 47, of Glen Burnie died after being struck by a car while she was on the side of the road, police said.
Northern District police responded at about 1:09 p.m. to southbound Route 10 between Interstate 695 and Ordnance Road for a crash.
Wright’s gray Hyundai Elantra was stopped on the right shoulder because of a flat tire, police said. Antwaun Marquis Dillard, 37, of Baltimore, also had stopped his Dodge van in front of Wright’s car to assist her, according to a news release.
While Wright was standing on the shoulder of the roadway behind her car, a silver Ford Crown Victoria driven by Kevin James Pickett, 42, of Sykesville, crashed into her and her car, police said. The collision also pushed the Hyundai into the Dodge van.
Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. Dillard suffered minor injuries and refused medical services.
Witnesses told police that the Ford failed to maintain its lane of travel and even crossed lanes onto the right shoulder, according to the release.
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Police arrested Pickett on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, homicide by vehicle while impaired and manslaughter. He suffered no injuries.
Police found an empty gel capsule with off-white residue in the Ford’s driver seat, charging papers say. Pickett denied using drugs, but failed a sobriety test and later admitted to taking methadone, documents say.
A public defender representing Pickett waived his scheduled bail review Friday morning.
Questioned by retired Anne Arundel District Judge Jonas D. Legum as to why Pickett was arrested shortly after the crash without a typical, more extended investigation, Assistant State’s Attorney Carolynn Grammas said Pickett had a pending impaired driving charge in Carroll County as well as other prior convictions.
According to electronic court records, Pickett has previous convictions for drug possession and other traffic offenses.
Pickett is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.