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Update: July 18, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Ms. Zak has been located and is safe. Thank you to all who assisted with this case. 

 

Original Release: July 17, 2017 11:25 a.m.

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing adult.

Julia Zak, 35-years-old, was last seen on Wednesday, July 12th leaving Carroll County Hospital in Westminster, MD. She is 5’5”, 175lbs., and frequents the Dundalk area of Baltimore County.

If you have information as to her whereabouts, please contact police at 410-307-2020.

Update: July 15, 2017 9:30 a.m.

The man who was pronounced deceased in the accident at Merritt Boulevard and North Point Boulevard has been identified as William Thomas Nowakowski, 68, of the 1000-block of Franklin Avenue 21221. Crash investigators are continuing their investigation at this time. 

 

Original Release: July 14, 2017 1:00 p.m.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is investigating the fatal pedestrian accident at Merritt Boulevard and North Point Boulevard.

At 7:29 a.m. today, a 68-year-old male was crossing westbound Merritt Boulevard when a 2009 Nissan Sentra traveling southbound in lane 2 on Merritt Boulevard struck him. The driver of the Nissan did not see the man as he was crossing due to slower traffic in lane 1. The driver of the Sentra stayed at the scene.

The name of the pedestrian has not been released pending notification of his family.

Baltimore County Police are reminding drivers to keep their vehicle doors locked and to never store their keys in the vehicle, including a spare key to another vehicle, while it's unattended. Doing so could lead to items being stolen from your vehicle or even your vehicle being stolen.

Don't provide an opportunity for a criminal. Many times all it takes is for a suspect to walk through a neighborhood and pull on your car handle to see if it's unlocked. If it is unlocked, your valuables are at risk to be stolen. A spare key stored in your vehicle could leave you with your car being stolen.

Leaving Your Car Running Unattended is Illegal

Leaving your car running with the keys in the ignition not only leaves your car at risk to be stolen, but it is also illegal.

Vehicles left running outside homes, in front of convenience stores and at gas pumps present an easy target for car thieves. Always take your keys with you and secure your vehicle, even for a short trip into the store.

Maryland Annotated Vehicle Code prohibits an operator of a vehicle to leave a vehicle running and unattended unless the operator:

  • is in charge of a motor vehicle that has had the engine started using a remote keyless ignition system and has been operating unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion; or
  • allows a motor vehicle that is locked and on private property, not open to the public, to operate unattended for up to five consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion.

Penalties and Fines

Did you know that leaving a vehicle alone with the engine running is against the law? Officers can issue a ticket that is accompanied by a $70 fine and one point against your driving record. Unattended, running vehicles also pose a safety hazard. If the vehicle slips out of gear and causes an accident, you could be issued a ticket with a $110 fine and three points against your driving record.

Make sure your vehicle doors are locked at all times, spare keys are not left in the vehicle and the vehicle is not left running unattended.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017