20-year old from West Baltimore identified as man killed in Baltimore County police chase Sunday

Baltimore County police identified a 20-year-old from West Baltimore as the man struck and killed by a county police cruiser following a carjacking and chase Sunday.

Dion Lamar Taylor, of the 3200 block of W. Rogers Ave. in the Pimlico Good Neighbors neighborhood, was hit by a police cruiser after he and two other people bailed out of a stolen car during the pursuit, according to police.

Taylor was struck as the suspects fled on Highgate Drive, not far from his home. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A second suspect, 16-year-old Taron Donta Kelly, was arrested Sunday and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, said Shawn Vinson, a Baltimore County Police Department spokesman. He was charged as an adult with nine counts, including armed robbery, armed carjacking, theft and possession of a firearm, online court records show.

A preliminary hearing for Kelly, of the 5000 block of Truesdale Ave. in East Baltimore's Frankford neighborhood, is scheduled for Jan. 18 in District Court for Baltimore County.

As of Monday afternoon, Vinson said, police were still searching for the third suspect.

The chase began Sunday evening after police spotted a Ford Fiesta that was reported stolen from a pizza delivery driver that afternoon on Merle Drive in Windsor Mill, according to police. An officer saw the car, called for backup and pursued the vehicle on Liberty Road into the city and then onto Northern Parkway, Vinson said.

The chase continued to near Pimlico Race Course, where all three suspects jumped from the car while it remained in drive, Vinson said. After the suspects leaped from the vehicle, a police cruiser hit the Fiesta from behind.

The suspects took off on foot on Highgate Drive, where another police cruiser struck Taylor.

Police are reviewing body camera footage from the incident as part of their investigation, Vinson said.

The incident marked the second time in the past month that a Baltimore County police chase ended in a death. In December, a teenager was killed in a crash after a brief police chase in Reisterstown.

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