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Date: Aug 21, 2020

Baltimore County Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in Timonium yesterday.

Just before 7 p.m. on August 20, police responded to Timonium Road near Greenspring Drive, 21093 for a call of a motor vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Jeep Cherokee traveled west on Timonium Road near Greenspring Drive as a Hyundai Accent traveled east on Timonium Road. The Jeep crossed the double yellow lines and struck the Hyundai head-on. The Jeep then continued, driving off of the road and over a curb, striking a fence and then a Baltimore Gas and Electric utility pole.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injures. The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Ramon Lago Alonso (74) of the unit block of Gurteen Court, 21093, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team are continuing their investigation.

There has been a spike in preventable auto thefts throughout Baltimore County. Since July 1, there have been 84 car thefts involving cars left running and unattended as well as keys and spare key fobs left in vehicles. These auto thefts could have been prevented. Leaving a car running, unattended and unlocked are what thieves look for when choosing a vehicle to steal. 

According to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council, a car is stolen every 45 seconds. It is also reported that 95 percent of vehicles stolen did not have an anti-theft device and more than 60 percent of car thefts occurred at night. Most modern cars are equipped with standard anti-theft features that are beneficial when used. 

Don’t give your car away. If a car is left running and unattended a traffic citation may be issued that carries a $70 fine and one point on a driver’s license. 

Follow these simple tips to avoid having your car stolen:

  • Always lock your car doors
  • Never leave your car running and unattended
  • Remove and secure all valuables
  • Never leave keys in your car. Always take them with you.
  • Make sure your car is equipped with an anti-theft device

Remember, take your keys with you, remove your belongings and lock your doors. These tips are also available on the Department's Public Service Announcement

Photo of Corporal Samuel Snyder, killed in the line of duty in 1983.On Sunday, August 23, Baltimore County Police Officers will be wearing a mourning band on their badge in memory of Corporal Samuel Snyder.

In August 1983, 71-year-old Corporal Samuel Snyder, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, responded to the Bel-Loc Diner in the 1700 block of East Joppa Road, 21234 to assist other officers with a call for service. While he was at the scene, he was shot by a subject. He died 10 days later as a result of his injuries.

Corporal Samuel Snyder’s name, along with the names of other fallen heroes, is inscribed on a monument at Patriot Plaza in Towson.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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