From the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack:
(BEL AIR, MD) – On March 12, 2012 at approximately 7:30 p.m. troopers from the Bel Air Barrack responded to Route 1 (Bel Air Bypass), just north of Route 147 (Harford Road) for a call involving a motorist experiencing a medical emergency.
Investigation revealed that Ronald Eugene Farley Jr., 29 yoa, of Street, Maryland, was operating a GMC pickup, northbound on Route 1 (Belair Road) approaching the Route 147 (Harford Road) intersection. Based upon witness statements and other evidence it appeared that Mr. Farley, upon passing through the intersection and continuing northbound on the Route 1 Bypass, experienced an unknown medical emergency.
The pickup, operated by Farley, suddenly accelerated and drifted into the slow lane of Route 1 where it glanced off the rear of a tractor trailer traveling in the same direction, in the slow lane. The tractor trailer was being operated by Konan Julien Kouassi, 54 yoa, of Joppa, Maryland. After deflecting from the rear of the tractor trailer the pickup struck a guardrail located on the right side of the roadway, coming to final rest.
Troopers and bystanders attempted resuscitative efforts at the scene on Mr. Farley who was unresponsive. Mr. Farley was transported to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Bel Air, Maryland, where he was pronounced deceased. Damage to both vehicles was minor and the operator of the tractor trailer was not injured.
Preliminarily, it appears that a medical emergency may have caused Mr. Farley’s death. The investigation is continuing.