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.
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.
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.