Pa. visitor was victim of accident

The Baltimore Sun

The 75-year-old man who was killed on a downtown Baltimore street this week was hit by a sport utility vehicle when he paused halfway across a busy intersection because the pedestrian light had changed, city police said.

Authorities said the man, John Melchiore, of Glen Mills, Pa., was trying to get back to the sidewalk when he was hit Tuesday night. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Wednesday.

Officer Richard McCarthy, with the department's accident investigation unit, said it was 8:10 p.m. when Melchiore and his wife walked into a crosswalk, heading north, in the 100 block of E. Lombard St. at South Calvert Street.

The couple had nearly reached the middle of the intersection when the pedestrian signal changed, warning them not to cross, according to police. The couple turned and began to walk back toward the sidewalk as the traffic light turned green. A white 2003 GMC Yukon came from behind another vehicle after changing lanes and struck Melchiore, police said.

Melchiore was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle, suffering severe head and internal injuries, police said. The driver stopped at the scene, police said.

The incident remains under investigation, McCarthy said.

Pedestrians have the legal right of way to continue through a crosswalk, McCarthy said: "As long as he enters the intersection on a walk sign, he has the legal right to walk, even if the light changes."

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