Police seek driver of van in crash that injured judge


Baltimore District Judge Askew W. Gatewood Jr. was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a day after he was involved in a car accident.

Gatewood, 50, was driving his 1997 Mercedes west in the 300 block of Frankfurst Ave. in southern Baltimore about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a gray van traveling alongside Gatewood struck the driver's side of the judge's car, police said. Gatewood lost control of the vehicle, which struck a light pole. The driver of the van did not stop.

Gatewood was admitted to the hospital in critical condition; his condition was upgraded to serious yesterday, police said.

Investigators had not found the van or its driver by last night, said police spokesman Martin Bartness. He said the van might be damaged on its right side.

Gatewood, a Baltimore native and a graduate of Morgan State College, holds a graduate degree in finance from Howard University and earned his law degree in 1976 from the University of Maryland School of Law. He has been a District Court judge since 1984.

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