- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Police are looking for a pickup truck stolen from a good Samaritan who stopped to help at an accident on Interstate 95 in Howard County yesterday morning.
According to witnesses, just before 9 a.m. an Isuzu Trooper swerved across all three lanes and struck an Oldsmobile; both flipped over after veering off the highway. When a commercial pickup truck stopped to help, the driver of the Isuzu who is believed to be injured got in and drove off.
"It happened in a matter of moments," said a sergeant with the Maryland State Police. "The guy got out to help the people who were injured in the accident, and he came running out of the Trooper, jumped in the truck and took off."
The driver of the Oldmosbile, a 61-year-old woman, and a 22-year-old male passenger were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were in serious but stable condition, according to state police. Both are from Silver Spring.
The names of those involved were not released.
Investigators used the Trooper's license plate to identify its registered owner, who now is wanted for questioning, state police said.
The registered owner, Gregory Augustus James Jr., 32, of Clinton, has family and friendly ties to Baltimore, he said.
"If he's the one, we're fairly confident we'll be able to find him," the sergeant said.
The pickup truck stolen from the scene was a 1997 F-350. The name of the Gaithersburg-based company G.L. Cornell Co. is on the truck's doors in black and gold lettering.
The driver of the Trooper faces charges that include leaving the scene of an accident, theft of a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle and various traffic charges, he Myers said.
The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Jessup, just south of Route 32. Before the accident, the Trooper had been operating eratically as it headed north, state police said.
While travelling at a high speed in the far-left lane, the driver lost control, entered the median strip and then cut across the three lanes, during which it struck the Oldsmobile, state police said.
After hitting the Oldsmobile, both vehicles veered toward the right and struck the guardrail, then overturned, police said.


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