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Man Critically Injured at Car Wash

A 45-year-old suffered serious, life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car that crashed through the front window at Maritime Car Wash.

A 45-year-old man suffered serious, life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car at the Maritime Car Wash at 2473 Solomon's Island Rd. at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

"I was sitting there alongside the window, and it sounded like a bomb went off," said an eyewitness. "It threw glass back at least 15 feet across the room."

A black GMC Acadia reportedly crashed through the car wash's front window and pressed the man between an aluminum support and the vehicle. Another woman managed to run out of the way in time.

"It was one of the most upsetting things I have ever seen," the witness said.

The witness said that a Maritime employee was driving the vehicle, but Maritime did not answer Patch's call for confirmation.

Lt. Keith Hamilton said the man was taken by helicopter with serious life-threatening injuries to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. 

Shaun August 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This could happen anywhere, because it happened at Maritime does not inquire that it is a bad business and certainly does not mean it was their fault. Accidents happen. Using this blog to post your personal issues and complaints with the wash is out of hand. The line out in the road- which is no longer ever there because of the remodeling- has nothing to do with a malfunction at the front of the building. Also the nationality and attitudes of the staff has absolutely nothing to do with what happened. If Maritime was such an awful place to be Kevin, and everyone else, would not have been there. This accident was very tragic and unfortunate.Kevin is in my prayers and I hope he gets well very soon.
michael August 20, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Thank you Anna for your prayers - my brother needs them desperately.
Rick Crouthamel August 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I agree with Matthew above. Let's wait until the investigation is complete before throwing stones. Let's focus our good thoughts on Kevin's full recovery. I was there a couple of days before the accident and found the recent reconfiguration did eliminate the back-up on route 2.. I could be wrong, but perhaps those who made the route 2 backup comments haven't been there since the reconfiguration. I have always been treated with respect by every employee...especially the Latino workers Frank (commented above), most of whom, if not all, are probably legal green card holders...who, unlike the decendents of those who came over on the Mayflower, actually are willing to work. Rick
Richard August 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
How could they not have closed? They close for weather but can't close when someone was almost killed. I have known Kevin for 8 years and this is a very sad day that so far has been handled poorly. Richard
ROBERT E. August 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Okay…… Say Maritime Autowash did close, would that change anything. Kevin, a Maritime Autowash customer depended on this establishment to keep his car clean. Kevin, nor Maritime, I am sure, never once thought a terrible accident like this would have ever happened. I have never used the establishment, but I am a political figure who has supported this Carwash. This accident is terrible, but like most things, it was an accident. Over 85% of the population has or will be in an accident in their lifetime. Please, as you go to work in the morning, count how many accidents you make during your day. If you make one, then stop this malicious attack on Maritime Autowash. All business has insurance for this reason. Though there will probably be no conclusion to this accident, I am sure Maritime will expedite a resolution. They don't do the amount of business they do because they are bad people, but because they know what customer service and satisfaction is all about. Give Maritime the chance to resolve this accident. If i don't feel they have, which I am sure they will, then I will stop supporting them.
LaRue August 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM
They should have closed for that day. Review the safety protocalls... Politician? What is your connection to the establishment. Tell Kevin that they stayed open, while he is fighting for his life. No compassion for his family or friends....
frank August 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Good people do not endanger their customers and the general public by operating a business that allows traffic to back up onto RT. 2 there is alot going on in that area with the ramps from 665, Harbor Center, traffic veering off at the Subaru dealer etc. Martime want to do the community a true service? KEEP THE TRAFFIC OFF OF RT. 2!!!!!
frank August 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Yea h, ALL of the Hispanics that have flooded the Annapolis area since the early 2000's are legal................PLEASE!!! They and their employers have ruined a sizable portion of our economy keeping wages and prices artificially low. The Annapolis is a great area for them as there are many lazy people who cannot mow their own grass, clean their house, paint, cook so they patronize restaurants daily. Not to mention using our roads, bridges, schools, entitlement programs etc. This costs me and I am tired of paying for it. Does anyone think of all the gang members coming here that are criminals? All of you bleeding hearts will feel differently when your child is raped by one or a loved one is killed by one driving drunk in a 1983 Datsun that is not insured or even registered. Wake up idiots.
frank August 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
YOU are a political figure? Then you are an idiot who I hope does not make any serious decisions. This business should NEVER have been allowed to operate in this location.
Carrie Baker August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Are there any updates on Kevin? Been keeping him and his family in our thoughts and prayers...
Shaun August 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I have a feeling many many years ago- when establishment opened- that the owner and staff had not one idea of how popular this car wash would be, hence the remodeling that just took place??? To prevent accidents of people sitting in line on route two??? The one that happened was very unexpected and very unfortunate. How can you be so quick to assume the staff is anything but concerned and worrying for this poor man? A face that they see SO often as a customer? The majority of you are acting as if maritime is out to intentionally hurt their customers, every time I have visited the car wash I have been nothing but satisfied with the jobs they do and impressed by their customer service. Don't be so quick to disrespect and belittle this company and it's employees, this is a time where we all need to come together and pray for Kevin and hope for nothing more than a speedy, and successful recovery. Not hope for the downfall of this great business. Any updates on Kevin?
michael August 22, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Carrie Thank you for helping Kevin. He is still battling in Shock Trauma.
paul August 22, 2012 at 03:20 AM
He is still living
Joey L August 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin and his family. I hope he makes a speedy recovery. As for the rest of the posts here, just about everyone of them is right in some way if you think about it. Mainly in part because they are everyone's personal opinion. For those that are saying : "why should Maritime have closed and how could people bash them", if that were one of your loved ones, you would all be singing a different tune. For those that say there could have been something mechanically wrong with the car, well that could be possible, but honestly every time I have been to places like car washes or even dealerships, the lot attendants treat the cars like they are rentals LOL. So from my past experience I would venture to say that it was the lot attendants fault more so than the car malfunctioning. I sincerely hope that Kevin recovers quickly....
Casey August 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I've know Kevin for about 10+ years thru the car business, horrible to hear this and hope he recovers!! Me and my family pray for his health!! We shouldn't all bash only the car wash but maby look into the city for allowing the design, location, and safety of the business to operate in the manner it does!! The owner Dave didn't seem too upset when I saw him driving around in his Maserati the other day though....
Grace thomas August 23, 2012 at 01:12 AM
How is Kevin?
Gerald Horan August 23, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Not quite sure how the design or location has anything to do with the incident, as it happened on the property on the right corner or the building. The way the accident happened could have happened anywhere.
Della Miguel August 23, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Just to let you know, the car wash a waste of money and time. I go to wash haus in Edgewater, MD now because you drive your own car through. They do not drive the car. My friend had this mirror and bumper ripped off during the car wash at maritime. I have been told that he uses a guy off Industrial Rd in Annapolis for his repairs and he jacked up his car causing $5,000-$10,000 in damage. A car wash is a car wash but bad service and tearing up cars is NOT A PART OF DOING BUSINESS.
Brandon kim August 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is Brandon Kim at Passport BMW. Kevin was my mentor and my big brother!!!! I am praying everyday for him. Please let me know if you need anything from me. I wonder how is his wife doing? That place has to be shut down right right now!!! I am very very mad...
Sherrie Garay August 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Okay, it's Friday, do we have an update on Kevin? I hope and pray for a recovery.
Trisha August 26, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Kevin from what I know still is at shock trauma. I think it is a completely legitimate question to wonder why the car wash wasn't closed AT ALL...at any point. Did the police investigate (like they would a traffic accident)? Did they interview the owner? Was the manager on site interviewed? Did they impound the car? I think as a community we should find out the answers to these questions and put pressure on the appropriate authorities so this horrible accident doesn't happen to someone else. We should do it for Kevin and EVERYONE involved. I have no doubt that all the people who have posted here are well intentioned and genuinely worried about Kevin and everyone involved. People just express it in different ways. Why can’t this be a good time for all of us to come together, instead of bicker about how someone expressed themselves, and make a difference? If we all care, let’s contact authorities, press… anyone, and figure out how we can band together and prevent such a horrible thing from happening again. It is not a witch hunt. It’s just a right to investigate the circumstances and figure out a solution so this will never repeat itself. If anyone agrees with this...let's get a discussion going. Kevin we are all praying for you!
Rebecca S. August 28, 2012 at 04:44 AM
The carwash was closed for almost 5 hours after the incident so that all of the things listed in the above comment could be done. The police questioned witnesses and employees and did their job. It was an accident.. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. I'm sure all of the people involved feel terrible and I'm sure the owner is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure that something like that never happens again.
Trisha August 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Hi Rebecca, thanks for the response. Witnesses here on the blog state that it wasn't closed, (not sure who has the facts correct or not) so I think we as citizens should make sure that all is being done to investigate and to prevent this from happening again. I understand somewhat your cliche and cold statement that, "sometimes bad things happen to good people". I think that’s a bit insensitive however. Why not make sure it doesn't happen again? Why not make sure that everything is being done in the investigation? If everything is being done and/or has been done as you suggest than no harm done. I certainly don’t think we should chalk this up as ‘another accident…they happen you know.’ Again, it is not a witch hunt, it is our right to know what is the outcome of the investigation and to assure that something like this will never happen again. So again, if anyone has some ideas on how to gain information regarding this, let’s get a discussion going. We’re not looking to blame anyone for this unfortunate accident…we’re only looking to make absolute sure that history won’t repeat itself and to make sure all necessary safety precautions and regulations are in place. Let’s do it for all the parties involved.
Carrie Baker August 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Kevin and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to hear good news soon of his condition.
William J Hurley September 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am Kevin's Uncle. The primary immediate concern is for Kevin's welfare ... everything else is secondary. To that end pray fro him. Scondarily, we live in a counrty where individual responsibility is a hallmark. Whoever is responsible for this tragic event, and asuredly someone is, needs to be held accountable. Whether it is incompetence, negligence, wanton disregard for the safety of others, mismanagement, an event of this magnitude cannot be written off to "well accidents just happen." Not only must Kevin be appropriately compensated, and the responsible person(s) penalized, but the final outcome should create a safe invironment at this business.
John Dugan September 04, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Kevin's friends at Passport BMW are very concerned about his condition. Does anybody have an update for us?
Anna Staver (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I am told that he is still a patient at Shock Trauma. A statement from his attorney says that he is stable and progressing after multiple surgeries.
Debra September 05, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Praise God! Thank you for the update.
Andrea Burke March 31, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I wouldn't admit to knowing the owners personally, unless you TRULY know them. They only care about the money coming in to their establishment.
Andrea Burke March 31, 2013 at 01:07 PM
The owners knew how popular it would be, but had to wait to find the right pockets to line in order to be able to add the extra lane built.

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