BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck, “possibly intentionally,” in downtown Baltimore, according to police.
Authorities say the driver of a minivan hit the victim just steps from the district courthouse. Witnesses told police the impact pinned the victim underneath the vehicle.
A pair of shoes mark the spot on Fayette Street where the serious collision occurred, and police say the driver may have hit the pedestrian on purpose.
Both men were in court Friday and whatever transpired inside ended outside around 3 p.m., according to police.
The victim, a 52-year-old man, was taken to Shock Trauma in critical condition.
“That’s a shame that this guy might lose his life over something that was just in the court room being talked out, you know?” Baltimore resident Marvin Whitley.
Police say there were witnesses, and some of them helped investigators piece together what happened.
“The victim was underneath the car for a period of time until — and again, just the way the situation happened — one of our Baltimore officers who was riding down the street was able to jump out of the vehicle and immediately begin rendering aid,” Baltimore Police spokesperson T.J. Smith said.
Before the incident, police say both men had a case inside the District Court of Maryland. The court deals with an array of issues ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to motor vehicle violations.
Police arrested the driver and they’re trying to find out what led up to the incident.
“A lot of people are going to be hurt behind this, the guy who did it, he probably got kids and they got to see this on the news and it’s terrible,” Whitley said.
There was also a second car that was driving by when it was hit by they minivan.
Police say no one else was hurt.