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Pedestrian Dead After Bel Air Accident

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

UPDATE (12:06 a.m.)— One man is dead after being hit by a car Friday morning in Bel Air, according to Maryland State Police.

The victim, Michael Francis Gist, 23, of Jarrettsville, was struck around 5:23 a.m, state police said.

Police said he was in Route 924 near James Avenue when he was struck, according to state police and Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

Tina Louise Holland, 37, of Forest Hill, was traveling southbound on Route 924 in a 2003 Kia Sonoma and told state police that she did not see the man and drove over him, police said.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident on the part of the victim.  Investigators at the scene reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol from the victim, according to state police.

The road was closed for about three hours while police investigated the accident.

Stick with Patch for updates.

sbbi December 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Karl, I am sure there ways in which you are uncomfortable but brutally honest is not one of them. I am not making asumptions about anything about this accident and posting it for everyone to see. I have traveled this road and know exactly where this unfortunate incident occurred. I can tell you a few things about this section of the road and have my own thoughts and opinions about it but will no post it as fact like you are doing. You arent doing anyone any good by pointing fingers and making accusations before the professionals complete their investigation.
JDK December 14, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Well said!
Amanda December 14, 2011 at 07:41 PM
While I do not know this young man personally my heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and aquaintances. However I am only 24 and will admit to making mistakes and bad judgment calls on occasion as does everyone. My concern is that he was alone, I would have never left a friend that was in that condition until I knew they were safely home or was in the care of someone else, but again did he wander off? I have lost several friends to recklessness and I don't think anyone deserves to lose their life from a lapse in judgment! While no maybe he should not have been intoxicated in the roadway, everyone makes mistakes! A lapse in judgment unfortunately took his life, that does not make him wrong! The woman driving the SUV may have been speeding or she may have still be half asleep and not completely alert, there are so many what ifs and possibilities to factor in. Pointing fingers will do nothing, the family needs support! Hopefully this ongoing investigation will show it just to be a mistake and nothing more. While that does not ease the sadness and grief this family is enduring and suffering, it is a better thought then something more sinister. My heart, prayers and well wishes to anyone affected by this tragic accident!
Christina December 29, 2011 at 08:14 PM
My best friend was the driver in the car that morning. I find it pretty sad to read some of these comments. What happened was worrible!! She is without a doubt the most loving, bighearted, hard working person i have ever had the pliviage of knowing. She has never had a traffic ticket or speeding ticket in her life, in fact when we go out i drive bc she drives to slow. She was on her way to work that morning something she does every day at that time, she works very hard for her family and this will unfortantly be something that will scar her for life. I feel horrible for the family of the young man, after reading most of these posts it sounds like he was a wonderful young man that made a bad decision that night. We can point fingers all we want, how about the bar that let him leave so drunk or the people that he was with that didnt make sure he got home ok since this was 5 in the morning and bars close at 2. But fact is that doesnt do any good or ease anyones pain!! Please dont make assumtions to the case because the fact is 2 FAMILIES will never be the same! God bless all those involved my prayers have and will continue to be with you. God Bless.
brooke brooks March 15, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Michael I love you, and always will. I thank God for the last time I got to talk to you. It made me feel so good that you had my mom call me just to say that you were thinking of me. I'm so sorry that I did not get to share more time with you. I know that you are still with us in memories and spirit. You will never be forgotten. God needed another angel. I love you. This has been hard for me since the mmrnt I heard. For the driver at least your family still has you. People are so cruel and need to think b4 they speak. Before u make a comment think about how u would feel if the shoe was on the other foot. Only God can judge. Love always and FOREVER, Your cousin, Brooke may my family heal from this tragic loss.

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