Tree Falls On SUV During Storm, Killing Driver. A falling tree struck a sport utility vehicle during Friday night’s severe storms, injuring two passengers and killing the driver. Severe storms with wind gusts of 70 mph swept through Maryland late Friday night. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., a tree fell in the area of Harwood and Richardson roads in Harwood, hitting the SUV. Anne Arundel County police said the tree landed on the front of the SUV and the passenger compartment, trapping everyone inside. One of the three people inside was able to get out on his own.
Bicyclist Severely Injured In Hit-An-Run Accident. A man struck by a car in a hit-and-run is suffering life-threatening injuries, according to Anne Arundel County police. Police said they received a call shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday for a bicyclist struck on Ridge Road near Furnace Avenue in Elkridge. When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found the bicycle lying in the road, and a 64-year-old man down an embankment in a wooded area. Police said the man, identified as Stephen Eugene Shenefiel, suffered serious life-threatening injuries, but a car that struck the man was nowhere to be seen.
Schools Closed Due To Storms, Lack Of Power. The power outages resulting from severe thunderstorms Friday night have also affected school operations in Maryland. Baltimore County Public Schools reported Sunday that 42 county schools lost power Sunday. Immediately following the storms, 52 schools lost power. As a result, the district is closing those schools for Monday. (The academic year has ended for students, but staff continue to work at the buildings. Summer school doesn’t start until July 9.)
Governor Calls State Of Emergency, Liberal Leave After Storms. Maryland has declared liberal leave for non-essential state employees effective Monday, two days after severe thunderstorms left hundreds of thousands without power and as many as two people dead. Gov. Martin O’Malley tweeted the decision to call liberal leave Sunday afternoon. Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., will open Monday, and employees have an option to choose unscheduled leave or telework.