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Police: Bystander dies after being struck by ‘possibly’ wanted car in Oliver neighborhood in East Baltimore

Baltimore Police said a woman died in East Baltimore on Thursday after a car struck her vehicle. She was an innocent bystander in the incident. Photo by McKenna Oxenden
Baltimore Police said a woman died in East Baltimore on Thursday after a car struck her vehicle. She was an innocent bystander in the incident. Photo by McKenna Oxenden

Baltimore Police said a bystander died Thursday in East Baltimore after a car struck her vehicle.

Police said that around 4:15 p.m. officers found a car that was “possibly” wanted in reference to a recent crime. When officers tried to initiate a stop, police said, the vehicle fled. Foxtrot was tracking the car, police said, when the patrol officers were “ordered to break away from the traffic stop.”

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The car then crashed into a woman’s vehicle in the 1200 block of N. Bond St. and the suspect tried to flee but was apprehended. Police said the woman was transported to an area hospital where she died.

Police identified the woman Friday as Cristal Eatmon, 41, of Baltimore.

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Neighbors and bystanders said police chased the suspect, but police declined to confirm that. The group also said that as the suspect ran away, residents tackled him as officers trailed behind. Police said Eastern District officers apprehended the suspect.

Police have not identified the suspect.

Oliver neighborhood residents said the crash was so loud that it brought everyone out of their homes.

One resident, who declined to be identified out of fear for her safety, said there are car accidents in the area nearly every day. She said that one around 9 a.m. Thursday woke everybody up. The car in the morning incident was totaled, the neighbor said, but the man driving walked away uninjured.

“God was looking down on him,” she said. “I only wish it had been the same for that woman.”

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