REISTERSTOWN, Md. — Shut in during the COVID-19 pandemic, 67-year-old Williard “Bill” Scram set out on foot from his home on Shirley Manor Road to gather some provisions, according to his neighbor of 19 years---Michele Gosselin.
“I knew Bill,” said Gosselin. “He stopped at my house before he went up to the store…and asked if I needed anything.”
But it appears when Scram tried to cross Hammershire Road in Reisterstown about a mile from his home, it ended up costing him his life.
“We received the call for a man who was laying down in the road and was struck by a vehicle,” said Baltimore County Police Officer Jennifer Peach. “That vehicle then left that scene, turned right on Reisterstown Road and fled the area.”
But that was the second call.
Minutes earlier, police had received a report of a man yelling in the street at that same location.
“We don’t know if it was a medical condition or if it was something else,” said Peach. “We don’t know if a prior vehicle struck him and caused him to lie down in the roadway and then he was struck a second time so we’re still trying to sort all of this out.”
With many businesses in the area closed during the pandemic, identifying the vehicle, which struck scram will take time even if it was captured on their security cameras.
In the meantime, the victim’s friends and family are left with the fact that a driver or multiple drivers fled from the scene with no regard for the man who would die an hour and a half later from his injuries at a local hospital.
“Well, this isn’t the first accident you ever heard of where people run off. These roads around here have gotten horrible. They speed like they’re on the beltway.”
If you have any information or you saw the vehicle, which has only been described as a sedan, you’re asked to call the Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.