Edgewater Man Couldn’t Stop in Time to Miss Pedestrian

Anne Arundel County Police Department

Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Lt. James Fredericks announced that a Severn woman was killed at the intersection of Route 2 and West Street in Annapolis around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

The report said that the woman, Ajia Marketta Owens, 18, of Severn, was crossing the busy intersection in a pouring rain. Police said that she was wearing dark clothing and was crossing the street outside of any pedestrian crossings or crosswalks.

After she was hit, Owens was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Fredericks said that a 2007 Jeep Wrangler driven by Johnathan Shipp, 26, of Edgewater, was traveling northbound on Solomons Island Road/Route 2 in Annapolis when Owens attempted to cross from the east side of the street to the west side of the street.

The northbound traffic, including the Jeep, had the green light. Police said that it appeared that Owens ran out in front of traffic. The vehicle in the center lane was able to brake in time to narrowly miss hitting Owens. but the Jeep was unable to stop in time.

Owens was hit with the right front corner of the Jeep. After the impact, both the Jeep and Owens came to rest on the curb line on the east side of the street.

Police said that there was no evidence that the driver or the pedestrian were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, Fredericks said that there is no evidence that the Jeep was speeding or being driven in a reckless manner. Police continue to investigate.

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