A 35-year-old motorist died of multiple internal injuries Saturday after a tractor-trailer struck his car while swerving to avoid another car at an Elkridge intersection, county police said.
John Kevin Susi, of the 6600 block of Ducketts Lane in Elkridge, died shortly after arriving at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The accident occurred at 12:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Ducketts Lane, less than a mile from Susi's home, police said.
Susi's car had stopped to make a left turn from U.S. 1 to Ducketts Lane when the tractor-trailer, which was southbound on U.S. 1, swerved to avoid colliding with the other car, a police report said.
This car, a blue import, was northbound on U.S. 1 and had cut in front of the tractor-trailer while making a left-hand turn on to Ducketts Lane, police said.
Police say the tractor-trailer, driven by Donald Hutson Sr. of the 1200 block of Guilford Road in Glen Burnie, tried to avoid hitting the car, but lost control and crossed a double-yellow line before hitting the Susi vehicle.
Hutson was not injured in the accident. County police are asking anyone who saw the accident or who has information about the identity of the unknown car's driver to call the traffic enforcement division at 992-2215.
MONTGOMERY PAIR CHARGED IN THEFTS
A Montgomery County couple has been charged in connection with two recent thefts at local businesses. The thefts are among a rash of about 50 break-ins in Howard County this summer that remain under investigation, county police said.
Carlos and Angela Garcia, of Germantown, have each been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and one count of attempted breaking and entering. Both are being held on $75,000 bond apiece at the Howard County Detention Center.
The Garcias were arrested Sept. 10 in Montgomery County, the same day police seized several burglary tools, gloves and Howard County road maps from the home of Carlos Garcia's mother, police said.
Since July 17, about 50 Howard County businesses have been burglarized of cash and clothing. The burglaries remain under investigation, although no new incidents were reported this week, police said.
Howard County police initially identified Carlos Garcia, 31, as a suspect Sept. 1 after an attempted break-in at the Bare Bones restaurant in the 9100 block of U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, court records showed.
A worker at the restaurant heard noises outside the locked rear doors of the restaurant at 2 a.m. and looked out to see a man trying to pry the lock, court records said.
After seeing the worker, the man ran toward a nearby parking lot. The worker then saw him walking toward a parked car, police said.
When the would-be burglar realized he was still being watched, he ran off in the opposite direction, police said. A responding police officer arrived to find Angela Garcia, 29, asleep in the car, court records said.
Police said that when questioned by officers, Angela Garcia told Howard County detectives that she and her husband had driven earlier in the evening to the parking lot of St. John's Plaza in Ellicott City. She said her husband had left the car carrying a crow bar and a screwdriver and returned later with a sum of money, court records said.
That same evening, two businesses in the St. John's Plaza -- the Lemon Tree beauty salon and the Budding Ideas Floral Designs store -- were burglarized of less than $100 in cash, police said.
Angela Garcia told police that she and her husband have gone to numerous shopping centers in Montgomery, Howard, Baltimore, Frederick and Prince George's counties, as well as in Virginia and Delaware, with the intent of burglarizing stores, court records said.
Angela Garcia told detectives that the money was typically used to buy crack cocaine, the court records said.
SEVERN MAN CHARGED AFTER BAT ASSAULT
Police charged a Severn man Friday with attempted murder and assault after an investigation linked him to a baseball bat assault in Elkridge, court records said.
Robert Nelson Jennings, 37, of the 7800 block of Old Quarterfield Road, was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m. at his home on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault and battery, police said.
Jennings and two other men were seen attacking a man shortly before 10:20 p.m. Aug. 8 on U.S. 1 near Ducketts Lane in Elkridge, police said.
The witness, a passer-by, called police after seeing one of the men strike the victim with a baseball bat.
The three men fled when police arrived. The victim has refused to cooperate in any way with police and has declined to give his name, address, age or any information about the attack, police said. He is listed in court records as John Smith.
Police say the witness to the incident provided information leading to the arrest of Jennings. The motive for the crime is still under investigation and the other two men are still being sought, police said.
Jennings is being held in lieu of bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
* A compilation of some of the crimes reported to state police and Howard County police:
11100 block Willow Bottom Drive, Harper's Choice: Sept. 11, several cans of beer were reported stolen at 9 a.m. from a hot dog stand that was entered by smashing open a window.
10400 block Hickory Ridge Road, Hickory Ridge: Sept. 11, a 1989 Kawasaki motorcycle was stolen sometime before 7 a.m. from a residential yard.
7300 block Swan Point Way, King's Contrivance: Sept. 10, someone attempted to break into a residence sometime before 5:45 p.m. by prying open a window, but did not gain entrance.
7500 block Murray Hill Road, King's Contrivance: Sept. 9, a 1986 Pontiac Fiero was reported stolen at 8 a.m. from a residential area.
10000 block Twin Rivers Road, Wilde Lake: Sept. 7, a 1986 Nissan automobile was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. from a commercial parking lot.
6600 block Santa Barbara Road: Sept. 11, a 1989 International truck was reported stolen at 2 a.m. from an industrial park lot.
7100 block Ducketts Lane: Sept. 9, a 1990 Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen at noon from a residential parking lot.