Ex-UPS driver charged in crash that killed Sun editor

By Baltimore Sun
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A former United Parcel Service truck driver has been charged with three traffic violations in an Oct. 5 crash that killed Baltimore Sun business editor Tim Wheatley and severely injured his 9-year-old daughter, Baltimore County police said Monday.

Kevin P. Callahan was charged last week with negligent driving, failure to stop at a red light and failure to obey a traffic device after a two-month investigation of the crash in northern Baltimore County. The filing of traffic charges indicates that police found the driver at fault but did not uncover evidence sufficient to justify more serious counts.

Wheatley, 48, was killed instantly when his vehicle was hit broadside by the UPS truck as he was taking his daughter Sarah to school. Sarah Wheatley survived with extensive head injuries.

Shortly after the crash, authorities determined that the traffic signal at the intersection was working properly and that one of the drivers must have run a red light. Susan Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for UPS, said Callahan, 28, was placed on suspension immediately after the crash and fired by the delivery company last month after a three-week internal investigation determined that he was at fault.

"It was what we in UPS lexicon call 'avoidable,' " she said of the accident.

Rosenberg said she could provide no details of the company investigation. She said the crash was "very much an exception" to the company's overall safety record.


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