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Bel Air Man Charged With DUI in Crash That Killed Essex Man

Police have charged one of the men seriously injured in an accident Friday morning.

Original report, , was published Nov. 16. 

UPDATE (Nov. 19, 3:14 p.m.)—Police have charged a driver involved in a Friday morning fatal two-vehicle accident in Kingsville. 

Brandon Nathaniel Gentry, 24, of the 1400 block of Loch Carron Way in Bel Air, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence, according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Louise Rogers-Feher. 

The charges were not related to either alcohol or illegal drugs, according to Rogers-Feher. 

According to police, at 6:07 a.m. on Nov. 16, Gentry was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound near the intersection of Philadelphia Road and Pfeffers Road in Kingsville. The truck then crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Mazda Protege. 

Gentry was seriously injured in the accident. The driver of the Mazda Protege, 44-year-old Patrick Mahlon McKinney, of the 1200 block of Primrose Avenue in Rosedale, was also seriously injured. Both "incapacitated" men were taken by medevac to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to Rogers-Feher. 

Police confirmed that both men were in stable condition by Friday at noon.

A passenger in the Mazda Protege, 26-year-old William Strayer Jr. of the unit block of Sweet Gum Court in Essex, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the car. He was taken to Franklin Square Medical Center and pronounced dead, police said. 

Nearby resident Heidi Wallace said accidents are frequent along that stretch of Philadelphia Road, mainly because of speeding. 

"Kids fly down this road. You're just waiting to hear a crash," she said. "Right after we moved in 10 years ago, a couple of kids smashed an SUV. You couldn't even tell it was an SUV afterward. And we just had a boy on a bicycle hit right in front of our driveway." 

Her daughter Allie Wallace suggested that more police patrolling Philadelphia Road may reduce speeding. 

"I never see police shoot radar around here. We need it, especially at night," she said. 

Are you concerned about safety on Philadelphia Road? Tell us in the comments.

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