From the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack:
(Joppa, Md.) On April 09, 2013 at approximately 2000 hours Troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack responded to Philadelphia Road (MD Route 7) between Clayton Road and Mountain Road (MD Route 152) for a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.
Preliminary investigation revealed that 61 year-old Jack Franklin Watson of the 2000 block of Frames, Road, Baltimore, Maryland, was walking in the westbound traffic lane of Philadelphia Road east of MD Route 152. Watson was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. The area of roadway is not illuminated by street lights. A 1973 Volkswagen Beetle operated by 32 year-old Robert Anthony Sunderhaus of Essex, Maryland, was traveling westbound on Philadelphia Road and struck the pedestrian. Paramedics from Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and found Watson unresponsive. He was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Watson was pronounced deceased at 2049 hours..
While speed does not appear to be a contributing factor in this investigation, preliminary indications are that the pedestrian was under the influence of alcohol. The Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office will be consulted to determine if charges will be filed pursuant to this investigation.
Philadelphia Road was closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the collision