News that former Towson Patch editor and lifelong resident Tyler Waldman was in a serious car accident this past Monday morning shook the Towson community.
Since then, local leaders and community members who have grown to know him have expressed concern and sympathy as Waldman's fight in the hospital continues.
"We've heard over the last day or so that he's been responsive to some of his family members, and everybody in the community — not just the business community but the residential community — are extremely thankful that there's such positive signs," said Towson Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Hafford.
"Everyone's rooting for him."
Waldman, 24, a graduate of Towson High and Towson University who currently is the editor of the Essex-Middle River Patch, was still in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, according to Shock Trauma spokeswoman Cindy Rivers.
"What's amazing is he's a very unassuming person, but everyone just thinks the world of him," Councilman David Marks, who represents the 5th District including Towson, said. "Everyone has the same reaction."
Marks called Waldman a "hometown guy," which goes a long way to explaining the outpouring of support on social media and throughout the area that has always been his home.
"In the short time that Tyler has been a reporter, he has really become part of the fabric of our community, especially in the Towson area," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. "He is enthusiastic and a very thorough reporter, but the bottom line is Tyler is just a really nice person, and I am keeping him in my prayers as he fights to recover."
County spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said Kamenetz has personally called Waldman's family as well.
Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police, said Wednesday that the department's crash team is still investigating the accident that left Waldman in critical condition.
Police said fire units responded to the corner of Goucher Boulevard and East Joppa Road at 9:18 a.m. Monday, where the preliminary investigation said Waldman was driving a Honda Civic on Goucher Boulevard when his vehicle and a Ford Mustang traveling east on East Joppa Road collided.
The driver of the Mustang was treated for minor injuries at Sinai Hospital and has been released, police said.
Hafford said "it's wonderful how many people have given him a shout-out in the last few days."
She also urged anyone who has been touched by the accident to remind their own loved ones how much they care about them as well.
"I hope with this holiday season that people will stop and realize not to wait," Hafford said.