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Police Identify Man Killed in Lansdowne

UPDATE: 1 Dead After Car Goes Airborne From I-95 To I-195

The crash happened Thursday morning in the Arbutus area.

UPDATED (3:12 p.m)—A Harford County man was killed Thursday morning when his car went airborne off Interstate 95 and landed on Interstate 195.

According to a news release from Maryland State Police, the crash took place shortly afer 7 a.m., when a 2006 Ford Focus struck the left guardrail on northbound I-95. It went airborne, landing in the eastbound lane of I-195, striking a 2002 Chevy Suburban.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and the incident remains under investigation.

Kenneth L. Kirst 3rd, the driver of the Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Kirst, 20, resided in the 200 block of Spry Island Road in Joppa.

Kirst was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said.

The driver of the Chevy, a 37-year-old Arbutus man, sustained serious injuries and was transported by Baltimore County ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma, police said. Police said he is in stable condition.

Police said there were no passengers in either vehicle.

Eastbound Interstate 195 was closed for three hours for debris clean-up, police said.

For live traffic updates, visit the commute page on Patch.

Anyone who witnessed the crash may contact Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack at 410-780-2700.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Crystal Snow December 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
My prayers go out to both families & to the survivor in shock trauma!
cHERIE VON HAACK December 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Kenny was a "part of our family" for a short while and I am very very sorry to hear this. I feel his family's pain as I have experienced the loss of a child. Our sincere condolences go out to his mom, sister and step dad.
TMO December 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I was there this morning before emergency crew arrived. A group of us lifted his car to its side in attempt to rescue him. I assessed him and unfortunately he passed. He was not "trapped alive" as I read this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
JAM December 14, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Such a horrible accident. I drove by around 10:30 this morning and there still an investigation going on. I was sure it was terrible by the amount of state police around. I hope the Arbutus guy recovers quickly and I wish peace to the family of the person who died.
Heavenlee'smommy December 14, 2012 at 03:32 AM
My heart breaks seeing this, hearing this knowing my sister will never see Kenny again. It's so hard to comprehend how someone you would see your sister with is just not here anymore. I can't imagine the pain his mom and family are feeling right now. I'm not actual family and I'm devastated. I have been crying on and off for 6 hours now. Knowing ill never see his smile again or see him playing with my daughter is just devastating. I pray God just wraps His arms around all of us who loves Kenny and helps us get through this terrible heartbreaking time. I'm also praying for the other man involved. Kenny would never want to hurt anyone. Jesus please help us through this :,(
April suga December 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny's family
Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Kenny was the happiest person I've ever met. Every time I saw him he always put a smile on my face. He has brought so much joy to my family's life and it will continue to go on even though he isn't here with us. Kenny worked for my parents, and everyone who worked with him had nothing but nice things to say. He loved his sister dearly, as well as the rest of his family. Kenny was Definetly one of those who will forever touch our lives. I know my parents miss him dearly, but Kenny is in a much better place. I know he is looking down on us telling us to stop crying! I know he is at peace and beyond happy up there. He is the lucky one. He has Jesus to look after him. I know without a doubt he is with his family watching them and helping them through this time. I know Kenny is okay up there, heaven is all around is, we just can't see it. Love you and miss you Kenny.
Ricky Lockridge December 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
My condolences go out to Kenny's family! May god be with you!
Bpryor December 16, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I actually saw the accident happen Thursday. I was following the Suburban on way to work on I 195. I will never forgot that AM. All the people who stopped to help both cars was amazing. People stopped on the side of 95 and ran down to help. I want to send my thoughts and sympathy to Kenneths family and friends. I want to also send my prayers to the driver of the Suburban.
Mc December 16, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I am his Aunt and I would just like to say that your paper should use a little more discretion when posting names of the deceased. His family had not yet been notified...to include his mother and father....when you posted his name for all to see after the accident anouncing he died at the scene. It was very irresponsible of your paper and you should make sure families have been notified before posting names. I know for a fact the police did not release his name until much later so please take care in the future. To the folks that stopped and helped...you have our undying gratitude. It's so rare these days to find people who will stop and help a stranger To the young lady who did what she could to help him (TMO)...my sister and brother in law were greatly comforted by your words on the phone. They needed very much to hear what you told them and we are all grateful for what you did. No one should ever have to lose a loved one, let alone one so young. Kenny will be missed by all who knew him. Again....our thanks to the Good Samaritans who did what they could.

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