On February 24, 2014, at approximately 3:21 p.m., officers from the Traffic Safety Section responded to the 1700 block of Chesapeake Drive in Edgewater for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian.
The investigation revealed that the pedestrian, Lee Sheila Mahoney, 73, of Edgewater, was walking down the hill on Chesapeake Drive when a parked 2010 Ford Mustang began to drift driverless down the hill behind her. The vehicle then struck the pedestrian from behind and came to rest on top of her. The owner of the vehicle saw his vehicle moving down the hill and ran from a house to retrieve it. Unbeknownst to the vehicle owner, the female pedestrian was under the vehicle. The owner then started the vehicle and began to back the vehicle up while the female pedestrian was underneath. Emergency personnel transported the pedestrian to Anne Arundel Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the primary cause of this crash is driver error. The driver failed park the vehicle with its wheels turned properly towards the curb with the parking brake set. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by members of the Traffic Safety Section. Investigators will be consulting with the State’s Attorney’s Office, which is customary in fatal crash investigations.