2 Pedestrians Die After Separate Crashes In Annapolis: Police


The Annapolis Police Department said pedestrians Shawnna Johnston of Parkville and Christopher Hoeckel of Ellicott City died after vehicles hit them in the state capital. An Annapolis police car is shown here on another day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Two pedestrians died after they were hit by different vehicles in Annapolis, city police announced Monday.

Officers identified the victims as Shawnna Johnston of Parkville and Christopher Hoeckel of Ellicott City. Both were 37 years old.


Authorities said Johnston and a 17-year-old girl, also from Parkville, were struck on July 3 around 7:56 a.m.

Police said both pedestrians were crossing the street mid-block when a 2013 Kia Soul turned left from a parking lot onto the unit block of Ridgely Avenue, hitting both victims.

The driver of the hatchback stayed at the scene, officers said.

Medics drove the victims to the Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment of suspected minor injuries, authorities said.

Police said Johnston died July 6, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of her death to be complications to the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Officers asked anybody with information to call Lt. Hil O’Herlihy at (410) 268-9000 extension 5817.


Hoeckel was struck on April 3 around 9:50 a.m. in the 800 block of Bay Ridge Road, the Annapolis Police Department said.

Officers said Hoeckel stepped into the roadway in the path of a vehicle heading east on Bay Ridge Road.

Medics flew Hoeckel to shock trauma in serious to critical condition, authorities said.

Police said the driver stayed on the scene and was not at fault.

Hoeckel died on July 7 from injuries he sustained in the crash, officers said.

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