A 69-year-old Columbia man who was known for taking long walks in his neighborhood died early yesterday morning after being struck by a car at the intersection of Sunny Spring Drive and Hickory Ridge Road.
Anthony Mannara of the 6100 block of Satan Wood Road in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village was hit by a 1991 Toyota as he crossed the road about 6: 35 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead at 2: 51 a.m.
Police said Mannara did not obey the traffic signal and stepped ** off the curb into traffic traveling west on Hickory Ridge Road.
Neighbors and friends of Mannara described him as a friendly, helpful man, who rarely was seen riding in a car. Mannara -- known as Tony -- lived in a group home for the elderly, sponsored by Catholic Charities, neighbors said.
"He just loved walking along the sidewalks to the park or the store and being outdoors," said Toni Carr, 37, whose grandmother lived in the group home with Mannara. "He was well-known throughout the neighborhood as a guy who was helpful to anyone and just enjoyed saying hi to folks."
Neighbor Cindi Lemon, 37, said, "Tony was a pleasant man who was part of the community.
"He'd come walking along, just talking to kids in the neighborhood and making sure everybody was doing well. He will really be missed."
The driver, Karen Douglas, 32, of Hickory Ridge, was not injured in the accident. Her three children, who were in the car, also were not hurt, police said.
Police said they could not conclude whether the driver had been speeding. The speed limit along the road is 30 mph.
Pub Date: 9/27/96