Update: Tyler Waldman, Patch Editor, Distracted Before Towson Crash
A Baltimore County Police crash report reveals that Waldman, a Towson resident, failed to stop at a red light on Goucher Boulevard.
(Updated Saturday 1:31 p.m.)— A Baltimore County Police investigation revealed that Essex Patch editor Tyler Waldman was at fault in a Nov. 26 car crash that left him with serious injuries.
Waldman's Honda Civic was struck by a Ford Mustang at the intersection of Goucher Boulevard and E. Joppa Road at 9:17 a.m., police said.
Waldman, a 24-year-old Towson resident, was distracted while driving and drove through a red light on Goucher Boulevard, according to a police crash report. The driver of the Mustang, 37-year-old Rosedale woman Shernale T. Kenney, had the green light on Joppa Road.
A Baltimore County police crash investigator concluded that both drivers were speeding. Waldman was traveling 51 miles per hour and Kenney was traveling 44 miles per hour— both in posted 35 mile per hour zones.
About nine minutes before the accident, Waldman had posted on his Twitter account that he was having breakfast at Corner Bakery, located approximately a quarter-mile from the site of the crash. Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cathleen Batton said there was no evidence to suggest he was using his phone while driving and did not provide specifics on what caused Waldman to be distracted.
Waldman was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma via helicopter immediately after the accident. He later continued treatment at Sinai Hospital.
On his Twitter account Friday, Waldman posted that he was discharged in the early afternoon.
Kenney received treatment for minor injuries at Sinai after the crash.
Batton said charges may be filed pending additional investigation.
Electronic court records show that Waldman was previously found guilty of reading an electronic message on his phone while traveling near Towsontown Boulevard and York Road on May 23. He was fined $70.