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Forest Hill Man, 20, Killed in Route 1 Crash

The crash shut down Route 1 near the Harford/Baltimore county line for several hours.

Maryland State Police
Maryland State Police
Police identified the man killed in a crash on Route 1 Monday morning in Harford County as Austin Robert Lentz, 20, of Forest Hill, The Aegis reported.

Driving a black Ford Mustang, he was headed northbound on US Route 1/Belair Road "at a high rate of speed" when he "lost control due to wet road conditions and veered into the southbound side of Route 1," Cpl. Andy Dudek of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack said.

When Lentz veered into oncoming traffic, the Mustang was hit by a red box truck, according to Dudek.

The crash occurred just north of the Baltimore County line at 6:55 a.m., Dudek said.

"The operator was killed on impact," Dudek said.

The driver of the box truck was taken to a regional trauma center by helicopter with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, according to Dave Williams of Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance.

Route 1 was closed Monday morning between Mountain Road/MD Route 152 in Harford County and Sunshine Avenue in Baltimore County as police investigated. The road reopened in the early afternoon.

Related: Fatal Crash Shuts Down Belair Road at Reckord Road
Robert Einsig December 31, 2013 at 06:47 AM
My prayers and condolences go out to Austins friends and family. I hope God will give you the strength to get through this tragedy. R.I.P Austin
Pam Kryglik December 31, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I am so sorry to hear a person cut down at such a young age. But living in the area and taking our lives in our hands every day, the neighborhood knew it was only a matter of time. County exects stated at a meeting a few years ago that the speed limit along that stretch of Bel Air Road is perfectly acceptable and that exceeding the speed is ok as long as the driver feels safe. Well obviously not as one young man is no longer with us and many others in the neighborhood have been involved in near or actual accidents. Just lower the speed limit and change the flasher at Reckord to a actual light. Drivers will slow down and lives will be saved. (Reposted from Speakout section)
Clayton King December 31, 2013 at 03:02 PM
This is such a horrible tragedy to & tonight everyone is suspose to be Hand & hand counting down to the new year this is suspose to be everyone's Chance to do what they didn't last year and so on and instead we have to say Good bye to a fellow neighbor, freind, boyfriend whatever it's just don't seem right and I do pray & hope this young man's family can heal as time gose by my deepest symphy and condolence to the family


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