CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A 38-year-old has died after he jumped out of his moving vehicle and was struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer in the adjacent lane on the Baltimore Beltway.
The crash was on the outer loop of I-695 at Exit 15, Route 40 on Wednesday night.
Police identified the man Thursday as Michael C. Dent of Catonsville, Md.
MSP said a preliminary investigation indicates that Dent was driving a 2018 Nissan when he struck the rear of another car on the ramp from Security Blvd to the outer loop of I-695 and continued onto the beltway.
Witnesses said while traveling in the third lane of I-695, Dent jumped out of a moving car into the second lane.
According to MSP, a tractor-trailer traveling in the second lane was unable to stop and struck the driver who jumped out of the car.
The 25-year-old truck driver from South Carolina reported no injuries.
There were no other injuries, including occupants of the vehicle originally struck.
Reasons for the driver’s actions are unknown at this time. The investigation is continuing.
This story was updated on Sept. 6 at 1:52 p.m.