Construction foreman killed by excavator


A 47-year-old construction foreman was killed when a 79,000-pound excavator rolled over him at a work site in Hickory Ridge yesterday morning, Howard County police said.

The death of Royce M. Crawford, of Inwood, W.Va., was being attributed to "pedestrian error," police said.

Mr. Crawford, who worked for the Frederick-based Richard F. Kline Inc. construction company, was pronounced dead at the Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore shortly after 8 a.m. Rescue officials said Mr. Crawford probably backed into the rear of a Caterpillar Excavator 330L, even though a built-in audible alarm sounds when the vehicle is in motion.

Officials said Mr. Crawford was supervising a crew preparing to install sewer lines in the 8100 block of Martin Road when he apparently walked into the excavator at 7:50 a.m. One of the vehicle's steel tracks struck him, knocked him down and ran over him, officials said.

A state police helicopter transported Mr. Crawford to the hospital, where he died shortly after arrival, rescue officials said.

The accident is under investigation by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

3 are arrested after drug search

Three Columbia residents were arrested on drug charges after police searched a Harper's Choice home Tuesday night.

Officers said they found marijuana, cocaine, a generic form of Valium called diazepam and drug paraphernalia at the home in the 5200 block of Rivendell Lane.

Melissa Arlette Levine, 20, of that address, was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was released on $1,000 bond.

Dwayne Arron Leighton, 24, of the 5900 block of Turnabout Lane in Harper's Choice was released on $2,500 bond yesterday on vTC charges of possession and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also arrested Serin Aziz Saadi, 18, of the 7400 block of Hickory Log Circle in Hickory Ridge and charged him with possession of diazepam.

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