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Alcohol, Drugs Possible Factor In Wreck That Killed Tow Truck Driver

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Authorities say they believe alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor in an auto-pedestrian wreck that resulted in the death of a tow truck driver Wednesday.

Thomas Anthony Flayhart, 48, died after being truck by a vehicle while he was standing behind his tow truck securing straps.

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The Anne Arundel County Police Department reports the crash happened just before 3:30 p.m., on northbound Belle Grove Rd. near Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Linthicum.

A Safetow tow truck was stopped on the side of the road to pick up a disabled vehicle, when a 2005 Dodge Magnum hit Flayhart and his tow truck from behind.

Flayhart was taken to Shock Trauma, were he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Magnum was taken to another hospital to be treated.

Police say their investigation found the primary cause of the crash was "failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision," and they believe alcohol and/or drugs are believed to be a "contributing factor."


The investigation into the wreck is continuing, and any charges would be after a review by the State's Attorney.

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