After Hit-and-Run, Speeding, Recklessness Ongoing Problems

A fatal hit-and-run incident on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall has raised concerns about dangerous conditions in the high traffic area.

UPDATE (Jan. 26, 3:35 p.m.)—Days after a on Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall, police said they have no suspects in the case.

The incident, however, has raised concerns among community members about traffic safety on the busy roadway.

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At about 7 p.m. Jan. 22, a vehicle stopped to allow a woman to cross Seven Courts Drive. Another vehicle then drove around the stopped vehicle, striking and killing 68-year-old , police said. The vehicle then fled the scene.

Police are encouraging anyone with information on the suspect vehicle—described as a light-colored, four-door Ford 500 sedan, built between 2005 and 2007—to come forward, police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher said.

The car likely has damage to the right front bumper, the right headlight and possibly the hood and right front panel, she said. No information was available on the vehicle's license plates.

Anyone with information that could assist in the ongoing investigation is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Following the incident, dozens of people commented on the and Facebook page about traffic concerns near the area where Moore was killed. Speeding and reckless driving on the 30 mph roadway is a common problem, community members stated, and crossing any portion of the street can be dangerous.

There are only two designated crosswalks—one at and another at the traffic circle at —along the mile-long southern stretch of Seven Courts Drive.

The area between the crosswalks, however, includes access to the , , and .

is a resident of Bourbon Court, the same street that Moore lived on, just yards away from the scene of the hit-and-run.

"[The hit-and-run] is not surprising at all," Webb said. "Some mornings, it takes maybe 10 minutes to get out of Bourbon Court because of the speeding and aggressive driving ... you have to wait for the road to be entirely clear.

"No one is allowed to walk to the school. All of the kids have to take the bus," Webb said.

Even then, she said she worries about her children's safety while they wait to board the bus at the corner of Bourbon Court and Seven Courts Drive.

"Cars fly by just inches away from them," she said.

Lisa Kennedy, director of the senior center, said several members live in surrounding Seven Courts neighborhoods. She's reluctant, however, to encourage those members to walk to the center because of the heavy traffic.

"I've seen the way people fly down here," Kennedy said. "Crossing the street is dangerous anytime, but I certainly wouldn't want anyone crossing the street at night, even at a crosswalk."

Several local streets pose hazards for seniors, she said.

"Silver Spring Road is bad, too. We had a center member killed there about four years ago because someone sped into them," she added.

Additional crosswalks could be considered for Seven Courts Drive, "but they would not automatically reduce speeding without more signage and a law enforcement presence," County Councilman wrote in an email to Patch.

Marks, who has proposed and supported several traffic calming measures in Perry Hall neighborhoods, stated that Seven Courts Drive is not eligible for speed humps because it is classified as a "collector" roadway.

"According to the [Baltimore County] Department of Public Works, options to reduce speeding would not involve construction or engineering improvements," he wrote.

The only options for speed reduction include increased police enforcement, a radar display board or the installation of a within Seven Oaks Elementary's school zone, according to Marks.

While the investigation of the hit-and-run is being handled by county police headquarters in Towson, traffic law enforcement over the Seven Courts area is conducted by the on Harford Road.

Precinct officers are working to address speeding and dangerous conditions on Seven Courts Drive, according to Lt. Paul Franzoni.

What kinds of traffic calming measures would you support along Seven Courts Drive, between Perry Hall and Parkville? Tell us in the comments.

Paul Amirault January 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
As defined in the Baltimore Countynzoning regs: a. As used in this section, "collector road" means a street or road that is intended for travel, including commuter travel, between residential neighborhoods, but not for travel within neighborhoods, and is not designated as a principal arterial.
Nate Evans January 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The 5th District Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee recommended improvements to Seven Courts Drive to make the road more livable. By narrowing the excessively wide roadway with bulb-outs, bike lanes and increasing on-street parking, vehicular speeds will reduce. Seven Courts Drive is also listed in the Eastern County Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Plan which makes it more eligible for funding. Radar is only a temporary solution. Roadway redesign will last for 20+ years.
Tim January 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Wait, so first it says it's intended for commuter travel between residential neighborhoods...but yet not for travel within those neighborhoods. What? You can't have one without the other. A road is a road. People will use it, especially if it links multiple neighborhoods. How exactly does Pinedale get speed bumps, but this section of Seven Courts not?
Tim January 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
In Henrico County (Virginia) - a suburb of Richmond, they actually have a law that if you're ticketed for speeding in a designated residential area, your fine is $200. seriously. The designation is on the speed limits signs - it's a painted yellow section at the bottom that says it's in effect. Even includes the fine amount. I used to live in one of those neighborhoods in my 20's. My parents still lived there. One day I visited them and was floored when I saw this. One thing that wasn't floored - my gas pedal. You better believe I didnt break 30 the entire 3/4 mile back.
Kathryn January 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I also live on Bourbon Court and my son attends Seven Oaks Elementary School. I fear for his safety every morning as he stands at the bus stop at Bourbon and Seven Courts. When I leave for work at 7:15 AM - trying to make a simple right turn out of Bourbon Court is dangerous! The cars speeding towards Joppa Road makes me so angry! The speed limit is 30 mph. However, I know these cards are easily driving 50-60 mph! I think a speed camera would be GREAT especially if put by the elementary school. This entire situation makes me furious. I feel for Beverly and her family and friends. I'm surprised more accidents have no occurred along that stretch of Seven Courts. Very sad and tragic. P.S. I've kept a close eye out for a light colored Ford Five Hundred. They can't hide forever.
Paul Amirault January 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Don't yell at me, I don't write this stuff. They do. <[;-))
Deb January 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Agree with Kathryn...there is so much carelessness amongst the drivers speeding on Seven Courts each day it is pathetic. Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, etc.
Tim January 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Totally agree. Clearly, people can't execute good sense. It's all about "me". I'm more important then everyone else, so they should just get out of my way! Then they wonder why their governments over-regulate them. Act like children, get treated like children.
Jim Marler January 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Speed cameras serve a very useful purpose. Only the violators are opposed.
Jim Marler January 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Good comment.....
Tim January 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Sorry Paul, thanks for the contribution. Didn't mean to come across as angry. Written text is difficult to get the right emotion across many times.
Jason Danaher January 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
the issue that i see, seven courts needs speed humps. they installed the traffic circle to slow down the traffic but after it, people are off to the races. speed humps work. it is a simple and low cost solution. speed cams wont work because it doesnt force people to slow down, you just get a 40 dollar no point ticket. you do 80 over a speed hump your car is toast
Bill Howard January 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
How about this one.....educate! Instead of waisting time with a lot of the feel good and fuzzy stuff in the schools, teach kids more about what their actions can do to others. This is certainly an example. Aggressive driving is becoming a serious problem all over. I am sick of fighting for my place on the road, getting cut off or cussed at for actually doing the speed limit.
D duramax January 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
As a firefighter and a EMT for this area I would have to disagree for the speed humps. They slow our response times down a lot. If your house was on fire or if your parents were having the big one, would you want those speed humps in? As for the camera, people will just slow down at the camera and then speed right back up after it.
Hendo January 27, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Silver Spring also. There was a accident last Saturday where a van crashed. Witnesses said it was speeding.
Tim January 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Your alternative then is...
John January 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The traffic circle was not put in to slow down traffic, it was put in to make it easier to gain access to Seven Courts from Proctor. People still fly through that intersection without slowing down. Very often you can see that some one has driven throught the center of the circle.
Rose January 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Not to minimize the issue, but some of these reckless drivers even choose to speed around the neighborhood with the LOUDEST mufflers & engines. Rattles our windows!
DougW January 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
That circle is a joke! John is right, it wasn't there two weeks and someone's trailer scratched a line deep into the bricks. And why do people stop before entering when nobody is yet in the circle? So we have some that go through it as intended, some that race, and some that stop when there's no reason. I'm for adding the cameras as well as for getting BCPD out there with radar a bit more often. I have not seen radar on Seven Courts in several months. It could help the budget situation as well!
david wilson January 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Not sure what the solution to the speeding is, but the circle does work for aiding flow, i.e, traffic congestion at 7 Cts and Proctor. Not to excuse the hit-and-run driver, but the person that stopped to allow the pedestrian to cross also contributed to this accident - unwittingly. Never stop on a two-lane to allow a pedestrian to cross where there is no crosswalk. The driver behind you has no clue why you've stopped, or what is about to occur. This is a dangerous strip. I believe police surveillance is the section, ticketing, and speed cameras are viable first steps.
Immanuel Baptist Church January 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I think enforcing our speed limit by more ticketing would greatly help the speeding problem. Anyone ever go through Bridgeville on the way to the Delaware beaches? Nobody speeds through that little town, at least not a second time. The reason is that people know that you WILL get a ticket. It's just a given that you do 25 mph all the way through and nobody lays on the horn, flips you off or tailgaits. It's funny how people will obey a law if they know there will be punishment otherwise. We can't have a cop on every street but for problem areas like Seven Courts people will finally get the message.
Linda Roemer January 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I don't know what the answer is, except, maybe another traffic light? Being a senior and using the senior center, it is very hard to get into and out of the center and the school has the same problem, because there is a dip in the road of Seven Courts, and you can not see what is coming and people have a tendency to step on the gas after the traffic circle. What do you think?
Nate Evans January 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Center medians only increase traffic speed. Flex posts typically only last 3-6 months
Nate Evans January 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Baltimore City is installing speed humps on Guilford Avenue designed so that emergency vehicles (with a wider wheel base) can pass through unhindered - also great for bikes. Installing bulb outs at the corners decreases crossing distances for pedestrians and eliminates passing on the right (as happened in this incident)
Nate Evans January 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
There is no need for Seven Courts Drive to be 4 lanes wide. DPW should put out traffic counters (like they have recently done on Silver Spring, Perry Hall Blvd) to verify this. Take the extra road space from cars and give it to the people who live there.
Tim January 27, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I think there needs to be clarification here: Was the pedestrian already in the road? Or did the first driver wave her through? BIG difference. Either way, it doesn't matter what the second driver knows, or doesn't know. You always, ALWAYS look out for the unexpected. That's what they teach you when you're 15 and trying to get a license. Never assume people are going to do what they should. Ever. People are stupid, and people are selfish. Makes for a dangerous combination. Ultimately, if you are in the car, you are responsible for what happens in it. Just like if you rear end someone because they hit the breaks - under any circumstances, it's your fault for not maintaining a reasonably safe driving distance.
Jim Jones January 29, 2012 at 04:53 AM
On a typical day, people may speed down that road. But on this particular day, factoring in the time and event that just finished, one would make the probably assumption that the vehicle that killed this woman was driven by an intoxicated driver. I can tell you for a fact that during the ravens game, the beer was flowing at bars and parties like it was New Years Eve. The accident occurred minutes after the game. The person who killed this woman was probably not speeding, but instead driving intoxicated. You can have all the speed humps and cameras you want, but that wont sober a person up.
Parkvillehoney January 29, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I think a speed camera near the elementary school and the senior center are the most viable answer. Baltimore County could install a lined pedestrian crossing with flashing yellow lights. How are senior citizens and parents with children going to walk across the Seven Courts Dr without some type of crossing help? I think if a driver receives too many speeding camera tickets, their license should be suspended for a period of time. I think the citizens of Seven Courts have been too patient waiting for an answer to correct speeding on Seven Courts Dr.
PH PALADIN February 02, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I would suggest putting a mini Right Side Light like the one by the park n ride and White Marsh Mall. When people need to cross they can hit the light, and it should slow down and stop incoming traffic both ways. Don't put speed bumps they suck. Let me remind you people, the hit and run driver was not the only person to blame. The person who committed the hit and run, probably was scratching his head wondering why in the F someone came to a complete stop, it's only natural to go around something completely stopped in a place where no stopping is permitted. Who the heck stops to let someone cross, and does'nt even think about the other side of traffic, if you look in your rearview you can see for the most part alot of 7 courts you already rode on.
Other Tim February 02, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Couldn't agree more. Today I got honked at for stopping at a stop sign. Third time this has happened to me lately. I feel like I need to get a bumper sticker that says "Caution: this car stops at stop signs".


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