The 33-year-old man who was killed Monday when he ran onto the Jones Falls Expressway and was hit by a van was identified yesterday as Antoine Douglas of Northeast Baltimore, police said.
Police traffic investigators say the man may have intentionally walked into the side of the van, but they have no conclusive proof that he wanted to commit suicide. Mr. Douglas was carrying papers indicating that he was receiving psychiatric treatment and his mother, Mary Douglas, told police he was diagnosed as a manic depressive.
"We don't know why he was on the Jones Falls," said Officer Gary Starkey, who added that the victim's mother last saw her son Sunday night. "He was in good spirits, but he had been drinking" Sunday, Mr. Douglas' mother told police.
The 4:45 p.m. accident closed the southbound highway for four hours. It occurred north of the 28th Street exit ramp when Mr. Douglas, who had been walking along the edge of the highway, suddenly turned into the side of a 1991 Plymouth Voyager, police said. The impact spun the man around, and his head hit the windshield. The 18-year-old driver of the van was not charged. Witnesses told police that the driver did all he could to avoid hitting the man, who hesitated before he turned and walked into the side of the vehicle.
The accident was the first opportunity for police to use "forensic mapping," a new infrared measuring device that allows them to reconstruct an accident scene in minute detail. Officers had to close the highway to get the measurements, causing the backup that stretched several miles.
Police said Mr. Douglas lived with his girlfriend in the 900 block of Belgian Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, but his permanent address was his mother's house in the 600 block of E. 27th St.
Pub Date: 3/20/96