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61-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run pedestrian accident on Liberty Heights Avenue

Baltimore police are investigating after a 61-year-old woman was killed Saturday morning in a pedestrian accident.

At about 11:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a pedestrian-involved hit-and-run in the 2600 block of Liberty Heights Ave., police said. There, officers found the woman unresponsive.

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Medics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Crash team detectives are investigating this incident and are looking for a champagne-colored Infinity, which should have front-end damage. The vehicle was last seen driving north from 2600 Liberty Heights. Police ask anyone with information to contact detectives at 410-396-2606 or dial 911.

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Marlene Lawrence lives across the street from the accident, and for years has been writing and calling Baltimore Police, city officials and news agencies about the dangerous intersection, she said.

"I keep telling people, 'Don't wait until somebody gets killed,' " Lawrence said in a 2017 interview with The Baltimore Sun.

At the time, Sun columnist Dan Rodricks visited her to witness the traffic problems. Her house sits on the 2600 block of Liberty Heights across the street from the driveway into Baltimore City Community College, near where the 61-year-old woman was struck.

One Monday morning in early 2017, Rodricks witnessed cars making illegal U-turns and speeding at twice the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

“We could have been standing by I-95,” Rodricks wrote.

A little more than a year later, Lawrence, 75, looked out her window to see a white sheet strewn over the hit-and-run victim. Next to her were three girls, crying as they stood next to emergency responders.

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Lawrence said she saw the woman laying just north of the driveway to Baltimore City Community College — near where she has totaled two cars.

Lawrence said she has made calls to police and city officials asking for traffic-calming measures. The most they have done in response, she said, was to reinstall a no U-turns sign that had been struck down.

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“You hate to see someone die for something to happen,” Lawrence said. “I hope something happens now.”

One of the officials Lawrence reached last year, Baltimore City Councilman Leon F. Pinkett, said on Saturday afternoon, “We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of the woman.”

Pinkett helped Lawrence get the replacement “No U-turn” sign and said he’ll continue to talk to the Baltimore Department of Transportation about how to address the excessive speed in the area, which is said is “ increasingly hazardous” to pedestrians and motorists not just in that area, but in several other nearby locations as well.

He said there are some restrictions about where the city may place blinking lights or speed cameras, which are two of the calming devices Lawrence had requested, but he hopes to find a solution.

“On too many occasions, only the motorists are considered and that should not be the case” he said of road planning. “We should consider those on bikes and pedestrians.”


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