‘He kept hitting cars’ 38 cars on Wilkens Avenue badly damaged by work truck
BALTIMORE — Police continue to investigate after 38 cars were struck in the 2200 block of Wilkens Avenue early Wednesday morning. At least one person was injured in the crashes.
“I could have been killed,” Muhammad Safeer said. “I was just sitting in my car relaxing after my shift when I smelled it out of nowhere.”
Safeer is recovering after being taken to hospital.
“I have stitches that need to come out in the next four days,” he said. “My nose is broken.”
Safeer’s Jeep was just one of many vehicles totaled early Wednesday morning.
“I just got this Jeep too,” he said. “Maybe like two months ago.
According to witnesses, around between midnight and 12:30 a.m., a driver of a welding truck started hitting cars. It is not known why, but witnesses believe he may have been intoxicated.
“I heard a big boom,” Kristi Simmons said. “I noticed that a car had been overturned on the sidewalk. When I looked up, I saw the truck go around Pulaski Highway and then back down. He just started hitting all the cars across the street.
Another vehicle that was destroyed belongs to Charlene Wade, mother of six.
“It’s just devastating,” she said. “I was in the shower when it happened. Now I’m without a car. Today I had to take my children to school and then walk to work. We’re talking about a few kilometres. I hope that this man will get what he deserves.
According to Baltimore police, the driver has been arrested. They are not releasing his name as this is not a criminal investigation but rather a traffic accident.
“He could have killed someone,” Safeer said.
Citizen App video shows the arrested man with neighbors yelling at the man, clearly upset.
“I guess I just have to take it day by day,” Wade said. “The next step is to file an insurance claim.”