An accident March 8, 2018 involved four vehicles and led to one driver thinking he needed to jump off a bridge to elude the police.
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Elkridge resident Rene Ruiz, 33, was driving on the shoulder of the beltway near Hammond’s Ferry Road when he hit three cars. When his vehicle became disabled, he opted to jump 20 feet from the bridge, landing in shallow water.
Maryland State Police report that Ruiz was spotted by firefighters that responded to the accident scene and were told that someone was missing. The police responded to the scene around 8:15 pm. Meanwhile, Ruiz was rescued by fire personnel who utilized a 35-foot extension ladder and was taken by county fire to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Police responded to the medical center and arrested Ruiz when he was discharged. Charges are pending, and alcohol is believed to be the reason for the accident. The incident shut down both lanes of I-695 for 30 minutes.
Another accident, this one in Baltimore County, had more tragic results. Maryland State Police are investigating a crash they responded to at 12:45 am on February 21, 2018 on I-83 at Ruxton Road. That accident involved a 2004 Infinity G5 coupe that suffered extensive damage to the entire vehicle.
Towson resident Michel Bouity, 26, was identified as the driver. Bouity was ejected from the vehicle and discovered some distance away and down an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
High speeds and a failure to utilize safety restraints are the main cause of the accident and fatality. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol contributed to the situation. No other vehicles or individuals were involved in that fatal accident.
In the area of Baltimore, in 2013 more than two million people suffered injuries from motor vehicle accidents. It is important to be aware of surroundings, avoid distracted driving and skip getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or choosing to ingest narcotics.
For those involved in an accident causing damage, injuries or death and who have been charged as a result, it is smart to remember to get in touch with legal counsel. The case will proceed on a specific timeline, and it is best to involve legal counsel to make sure the situation is handled appropriately and in a timely manner.
Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.