Fatal Single Car Accident on Wheel Road
(Bel Air, MD – May 20, 2010) Shortly before 7:00pm on Thursday, May 20, 2010, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single motor vehicle accident that occurred in the 500 block of Wheel Road in Bel Air, MD. This is the fourth motor vehicle related fatality handled by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office this year.
The driver of vehicle, a 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was identified as Stephen Michael Wright, age 50, of the 3400 block of McCommons Road in Churchville, MD.
Preliminary investigation by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit determined that the Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling southbound on Wheel Road at a normal rate of speed. It appears that the passenger side of the vehicle went off the shoulder of the road before striking a utility pole on the right hand side of the road. Both driver and passenger side airbags deployed, but there were no indications that the driver was wearing a seat belt. Aid was rendered on the scene before the driver, Wright, was transported by Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Traffic on Wheel Road was detoured for approximately two hours, from Laurel Bush Road to Patterson Mill Road, while repairs were made to the utility pole.