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.

Read more:

  • Social Media Shows Support for Essex Patch Editor Tyler Waldman
  • Police Identify Towson Man Injured in Monday Crash
  • Investigation Into Towson Accident Continues
Mr. Howard December 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
True, we don't know if Mr. Waldman was texting during his recent crash ... But here is what we do know, according to this report: A) he was found guilty of reading a message on his cell phone while driving in May; and B) on November 26, he ran a red light while driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone take a look at the photo above - it only sheer luck that neither Mr. Waldman nor the other driver was killed
Tim December 18, 2012 at 05:46 AM
all I take from this is I pray to goodness I'm never on the road near you. you sounds like a Grade A train wreck behind the wheel - like many Maryland drivers.
Needaname December 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Well - thank goodness you have not smashed into anyone. I was at a complete stop when a distracted driver rear ended me going 45 MPH. You are not cute.
Needaname December 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I saw Tyler's car at the scene. It looked BAD. I left immediately because I started crying. It was through divine intervention no one was killed.
Leona MacDonald December 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
I was responding to someone assuming...that the guy was texting or on the phone. It is valid...that anything can be a distraction..it need not be a cell phone. Instantly assuming that the distraction was a cell phone is kinda ...out there. Sorry that I play fair and I'd want a little more than..he was on his cell...when it could have been a hundred things that distracted him. Now...go ahead and just let me know that I'm assuming someone is innocent of a thing until proven guilty. The argument is out of gas. He was in an accident and distracted doesn't instantly equate to cell phone. SORRY...but if there was a text that supports he was on the road texting or on the phone...then it's probably safe to assume. The clincher is this "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" ...repeat "there was no evidence to suggest he was using his phone while driving" I assume...THAT HE WAS NOT ON HIS CELL..AND EVERYONE IS ASSUMING HE WAS. I am totally horrid ...I assumed nothing...except that the police investigated and he WASN'T ON HIS PHONE.


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