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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.

Todd Holden December 11, 2011 at 12:15 AM
just a thought on how the young man was run over, lying in the road...oncoming traffic at night, and watching the cars coming at you, the driver may have been occupied with that, and not seen the man in the road...my sincere sympathies to the driver...as well as the victim's family
Karl Schuub December 11, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Todd: We've all driven at night. Given a reasonable rate of speed and even oncoming traffic your car lights would illuminite the roadway.
tradewinds December 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Debbie - my condolences to you and your family. Can you she some light as to how this has turned into a criminal investigation? Nothing more has been mentioned. It's still unclear to me, at least, as to was he lying in the road or was he walking down 924. I see everyones point here - however - I can not see the reason being that there was much other traffic coming in the other direction at that hour - to have distracted the driver.
CB9678 December 11, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Todds point is when you are looking up to be aware of what is ahead of you and the car on the dside street or the traffic light etc. you may miss the person lieing in the road which you are not expecting because people do not routinely lie in the middle of the road.
CB9678 December 11, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Buses are starting to get out on the road at that hour. Early rising teachers are going to schools at that point.
Nick December 11, 2011 at 01:59 AM
I drive by there around 5:10 every morning. I'm sure I just missed the accident.
Lele December 11, 2011 at 02:06 AM
First off, Steve get a life you loser. You only comment on controversial articles on this patch and say rude insensitive things to get attention. America's a free country and all, but get over yourself. Have all the facts do you? You mean you read this article and then formed an opinion? Wow, impressive. Micheal was an extended family member of mine, so maybe I take this more personally then necessary because I usually am strongly opposed to providing validation for people like you by supplying you fodder. However, Steve, have a good one, hope you never have to suffer like all the parties involved here. Rest in peace Michael.
Tracy December 11, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Michael Francis Gist was a true Angel here on earth! Those who knew him and loved him would all agree. Not just because he is gone but we would say it today as well if he were here on earth with us. He had the smile of a sweet little innocent BOY and a heart of goodness and gold. God must have needed another wonderful Angel to keep watch over "we" sinners down here ... If you didn't know Michael, Please - keep your negative comments to yourselves unless you are seeking our attention and prayers ... If that's the case, find a blog that will pray for broken souls.. We are busy grieving the loss of our special angel Michael Gist and we are hurting far too much to read such negativity. Just know this, Michael was a man of honor. He was the most forgiving guy we ever knew .. He had the heart of an innocent little school boy. By: Tracy M. - Allie's mom
SylviaMeyers FamilyLegacy December 11, 2011 at 05:25 PM
So you know what happened first hand huh? I think maybe the police should be doing some investigating on Steven Chimmel. You seem to know more then half the people on here. I think I'll give them a heads up about this website and all the information your posting. Since you know, FIRST HAND!
TG December 12, 2011 at 01:53 AM
I've been crying for two days - this boy had a special place in my heart! And Steven Chimmel - I hope to never meet you because you have no right to speak of someone or something you know NOTHING about - no one knows all the details - he was 23 yrs old - you have not a clue what this boys life was about - you need to get a life and worry about the things that pertain to you!
david miller December 12, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Mike I miss you man. You were like a brother even in the short time I knew you. My condolences go out to his family friends and his gf. May u rest in peace my friend.
Steven Chimmel December 12, 2011 at 03:01 PM
To those who asked,it doesn't matter how,but I do in fact know the details of the incident. Also, I comment on articles in which I feel need a bit of realistic input,instead of the commmon American idiot " Harry Homeowner" with an internet connection garbage. I share my opinions and thoughts,and also others who think it but aren't brave enough to say it. I'm not saying we shouldn't feel for the family,they can't help that their relative made a very stupid mistake. What I'm saying is the condolences should be more heavily directed to the true victim in this case,the driver.
Karl Schuub December 12, 2011 at 03:25 PM
At minimum Steven the driver wasn't paying attention. While no doubt this young man didn't belong in the road...the fact that on a straightaway that should have afforded a pretty long distance of sight somebody just ran over this guy is pretty prima facie evidence of distraction or inattentiveness. You should always be looking at the road in front of you - kids, dogs, you don't know what sort of unexpected circumstance might occur. This lady has some sort of culpability here albiet a small one.
Ella M. Robinson Dersch December 12, 2011 at 04:26 PM
My son Collins was friends with Mike......this young man held a good job....long term relationship with his girlfrend.....with an outgoing personality....Collins would return home with tales of the fun times they had from.....tubing down Deer Creek....Grilling at his parents house....to the day trips to the beach.!!!...He's really having a hard time coming to the realization of this horrific tradgedy....as others are....So for the Ruthless, Negative & Unsensative people......I hear there's some really good internet deals.....SO MOVE ON !!!!! The Dresch's send prayers to The Gist Family & Allie's Family.....
david miller December 12, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Anyone who had the privilege of being one of mike's friends knows how fortunate they are... too sad for words now that he's gone. We'll miss you buddy. Always
Darren December 12, 2011 at 05:38 PM
He was my girlfriends uncle and even though I only met him a few times he was an amazing person and was one of the most polite people I have ever met in my life. I've been with family over the past few days since the incident occurred and let me tell you what; No matter what anybody says the gist family is a wonderful family and they are stronger than ever. They are going through something very difficult and like most family's that go through these types of events it's hard and it's not something that easy to overcome. The good lord must have needed another angel because there is no other reason why he should have taken such a young and great person from this earth. We all know he's in heaven and looking down and watching over everyone in their family. I personally thank everyone that has said kind words because even though I'm not part of their family yet I consider myself already a member of the family. I've never met a family other than my own that has been so kind and has accepted me into their lives. Michael even though I only met you a few times I know your looking down over everyone and I pray that you please take care of them and make sure they can overcome this and please keep them strong! Rest in peace buddy!
Stacey December 12, 2011 at 07:09 PM
Michael worked for my husband. Because of him my husband truly enjoyed going to work everyday. Michael always brought a smile to jasons face as well as mine. Ally n mike were beautiful together n my heart breaks for ally n his family. I have never met someone so excited with the little things in life. We should all take a lesson from him. And Steven please stop writing on this blog n let the ones who loved him greive appropriately. Stacey
mmm December 13, 2011 at 03:48 AM
I think everybody with a negative comment should hold there tongue until the investigation is over..we love you michael xoxo
Adam B December 13, 2011 at 04:05 PM
I know all of the facts too and I'm not saying how I just do... see how easy that is to hide behind a computer and fabricate a story? I know nothing of the people involved, but I do have a heart, and regardless of how I feel about an issue, I would never throw something in the faces of a victims family and friends for no reason other than stiring the pot. I know way too many people who made a poor decision that turned fatal, and I judge them only on the full life they lived, not by one incident. I pray for the families to find strength in this time of sadness.
sbbi December 13, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Karl, you are one of the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen. You are speculating on something that you don't know anything about. You don't know the conditions of the road or what type of morning it was. You are clinging to the point that you think that you should be able to see someone because you have driven down that road before. I see you commenting on every story and the fact of the matter is that you like to play devil's advocate because you are a lonely sad person and this is your only way of getting any attention. Why don't you try something different and show some decorum, realize that there is a young man who has died, families in mourning and a woman who will have to live with this tragedy and guilt for the rest of her life.
Karl Schuub December 13, 2011 at 08:58 PM
I'm not playing devils advocate...I do drive that road and I live right near there. At the time this "accident" occurred there were no weather related conditions - no rain, fog, snow or other weather related blight that might contribute to this unless 924 has their own weather patterns seperate from say Vale or Grafton Shop. When you say type of morning do you mean dark? Yes morning is dark but it's pretty much that same type of dark each day. There's no buts about it - if your traveling the posted speed through there which is 30, not the 50 you so often witness and your watching the road in front of you no way do you run over somebody laying in the road. You need to look up the word hypocrite; it doesn't apply. There's plenty of fault here and tragedy all around, but in both cases this tragedy could have been avoided. I sympathize with all parties here, but I sincerely hope the police at least considered ticketing this lady for something; possibly simply not paying attention although that's nearly impossible to prove. I think the few facts we have here speak for themselves. This is just another example of why folks need to obey posted speed limits and pay attention - you have well over 2000 lbs under you that as this case illustrates can be deadly if misused. Do I think this lady meant to do this; absolutely not which makes it all the more tragic for her, but the law does not require intent to harm, merely that you act with careless disregard which results in harm.
sbbi December 13, 2011 at 09:17 PM
I know what it means and if you read your other comments you fall right into that category. You are conducting your own investigation. I would leave it up to the police. Show some class.
Karl Schuub December 13, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Seriously if you're using that hypocrite reference again it doesn't apply. I can be accused of many things - uncomfortably brutal honesty certainly and you are apparently uncomfortable with it. I am sorry about that; but I see the facts this way - that certainly does not make me a hypocrite. We can at least agree that this incident is horrible for everyone involved I hope.
Lisa Smallwood Bolling December 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM
I haven't been on here since Friday evening.... And let me give this point of view if certain people posting on here that they know what and how it happened I hope you have spoken to the police in reguards to this matter... It is so sad for the Family and Girlfriend of Michael to have to bury him and at this time of year just makes it even harder. My Prayers are with them. And as for the other remarks if he were dressed in all BLACK, and who to say that she didn't try and avoid him but still ran over him, at least she stopped and called 911 and reported it hello, and if the police thought she was speeding or in the wrong i'm sure she would have or will be gettn a ticket, but until the investiagation is completed by the police I just pray that we just chill and remember if your so sure of what happened then have some balls and go to police and tell them and quit posting it on here about your haveing facts straight. I'm so sorry if this has upset anyone thats not my intention just hate when people talk shit but can't prove anything, and for both the familys I'm truely,truely sorry for your loss and heartache at this time. Always in my Thoughts and Prayers.
Carol Brooks December 14, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Mr. Chimmel michael was my nephew he was a good man and did harm to no one. Your remarks are commom and should not be allowed to be put on this blog. He was a real man which unlike you.
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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