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Man who struck pedestrians on I-695 in Towson charged with driving under the influence, police say

A Baltimore man who police say struck two pedestrians and caused a three-vehicle crash on I-695 in Towson Monday morning has been charged for driving under the influence, Maryland State Police say.

Police say Sean Cordell Bethea, 47, was driving a silver 2017 Hyundai Sonata on the inner loop of I-695 near the Dulaney Valley Road exit around 11 a.m.

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Bethea, whom Maryland State Police believe to be at fault based on preliminary investigations, allegedly struck two pedestrians, 23-year-old Ricky and Rakiya Ratliff, 26, while they attempted to change a flat tire on the left shoulder.

Bethea drifted onto the shoulder and struck both the Middle River residents and their vehicles, a red 2015 Honda Civic and silver 2002 Mercedes E320, Maryland State Police said. The Civic was propelled by the force into a travel lane of the highway, police said.

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The Maryland State Highway Administration tweeted just after 11:30 a.m. that the crash closed all inner loop lanes and two left lanes in the outer loop.

At around 2 p.m., Maryland State Highway tweeted that all lanes had been reopened, but a three-mile backup remained.

Bethea was transported from the scene by ambulance to Bayview Medical Center. Ricky and Rakiya Ratliff were both taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital.

State police were not available after 5 p.m. Monday to confirm the driver’s or pedestrians’ conditions.

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