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Family, Friends of Fatal Crash Victim Challenge Police Version of Events

Greg Fuller, who died in a car accident on Friday, was the driver, not the man police cited with alcohol-related offenses, Fuller's family says.

Friends and relatives of Greg Fuller are disputing police accounts of what happened Friday when the along Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall.

Police have said that Fuller's friend, Jonathan Henry, was driving Fuller's 2004 Audi TT Coupe when it crashed into a light pole at around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, said Det. Cathy Batton, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.

Fuller, 23, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Henry, also 23, of the 9200 block of Georgia Bell Drive in Perry Hall, suffered a head injury and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Henry was charged with three alcohol-related traffic offenses, police said. Investigators suspect excessive speed was also a factor in the accident, Batton said. Baltimore County police are still investigating the accident and could not discuss details about why they believe Henry was the driver.

But friends of Henry—and even Fuller's father and girlfriend—have told Patch that police investigators are mistaken. They say Fuller was driving and Henry was the passenger.

Pawel Dybala of Middle River said there is no way Henry was the one behind the wheel.

Dybala, a longtime friend of both men, spent Thursday with the two as part of a group that had been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Della Rose’s at The Avenue in White Marsh.

Dybala said Fuller was the designated driver for the night and he witnessed Fuller get into the driver’s seat when he left the restaurant with Henry, who told Patch in an interview that he was too drunk to drive. The car also belonged to Fuller.

“I saw Greg get into the driver’s seat,” said Dybala, who as of Monday night said he had not been interviewed by police. “He was planning to be the designated driver and was on his way to take Jon home when something tragic happened along the way. We’re all looking for answers right now.”

Henry, who suffered two broken clavicles, seven broken ribs and a head injury in the accident, said he has no memory of the accident or leaving for the night. The last thing Henry remembers before the accident was going to Della Rose’s.

Henry said he didn’t know Fuller was dead until police told him while he was still in the hospital. Henry said that police also told him that he was driving and that he had killed his friend.

“Greg drove us to the restaurant,” Henry said. “He knew there was no way I could drive [home].”

Angela Foehrkolb, Fuller’s girlfriend, said losing the love of her life so tragically has been difficult enough without also worrying about whether Henry will go to jail for something she doesn’t believe he did.

“We texted all night long and Greg insisted all night long that he was going to be the driver for the night,” Foehrkolb said.

Foehrkolb, 22, who was in school at West Virginia University at the time of the accident, provided Patch with several text messages between herself and Fuller that she believes proves Henry wasn’t driving.

“I’m kinda the designated driver, so I’ll be out till they want to go home,” Fuller texted Foehrkolb around 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

Fuller then texted Foehrkolb again at 12:45 a.m.: “Don’t want to impair my judgment [by drinking too much] while your (sic) not with me to keep me straight.”

Anthony Fuller, Greg Fuller’s father, said he has been frustrated with the police investigation. He said the police were too quick to point the finger at Henry without examining all of the facts. He would like to see police test the blood found in the driver and passenger’s seats to prove who was sitting in which seat.

After speaking with his son’s friends, examining the car’s wreckage and visiting the accident scene, the elder Fuller said what happened to his son was a tragic accident—but that it was not the result of Henry driving drunk.

Photos of the car wreckage show that the car’s passenger side was caved in. This has led Anthony Fuller and others to speculate that only someone on the driver’s side, which wasn’t crushed, could have been ejected from the car, which is what happened to Fuller.

“The police wanted me from the beginning to press charges against Jon,” Anthony Fuller said. “Even when I believed he was the driver that wasn’t something I wanted to do. If Jon—who I consider to be like a son to me—were responsible, then I believe that knowing he killed his best friend would be punishment enough. The facts just don’t point to him being behind the wheel.”

Kim March 22, 2011 at 04:17 PM
There would be no reason for them to switch seats after leaving the avenue. It was Greg's car and Greg was driving to Jon's house to drop him off for the night since Greg was the designated driver.
Kristy March 22, 2011 at 04:23 PM
No it is not possible . It was Greg's car and he was driving Jon home. Greg was sober and Jon was drunk. No one is ruling out high speed, but Greg was definitely the driver.
Jessika March 22, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Jessika I'm so glad to see that this story was posted. As a long time co-worker and friend to both Greg and Jon, I was rendered speechless when I read the first articles to hit the news, along with the unfounded comments left out of pure ignorance. Greg was an Incredible individual, one who left an impression so big on all of us that it is almost hard to believe he was only 23 years old. He was a genuine staple in my everyday work life, one who could put a smile on even those of us self-proclaimed pessimists, a soul never to be forgotten. At a time like this, I cannot fathom what Greg's family, Girlfriend, and close friends (Jonathan included) are going through. This is a time when we all need to pull together and support those closest to this amazing person. The comments are unnecessary people, it isn't until you experience a loss like this that you realize why it happened or how is insignificant, It is the loss that matters most. These comments have only created animosity towards Jon at a time when he needs support the most. Greg, we all love you so so so much, you will never be forgotten.
Bob Schlagl March 23, 2011 at 12:32 AM
It was a sad incident. I would like to know why the police think that Henry was the driver? There must be some evidence to support that conclusion. Kudo's to Patch and Ron Snyder in particular for digging into this story, I would hate for a young man to be convicted of a crime he didn't commit especially one so heinous. Hopefully, he can afford a good lawyer that can help him prove his innocence.
Catherine March 23, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Dude, Jonathan are you serious??? I honestly think that is by far THE dumbest thing i have seen anyone write. WHY? why would they switch seats? Why can't everyone, for they time being, leave well enough alone?There are alot of people waiting and hoping for answers, people that are way more important than you. Really, as of right now, the only thing i really want to know, is that Greg is in a better place. What i want to know is that there is a Heaven, and Greg is up there waiting patiently for his friends to join him. I'm done with this, it's too depressing to try to convince people to get a life and leave his alone. As for Ron, my mom and I would like to thank you for taking our pleas for your furthur insite of these events so seriously. It means alot to his family and friends!
Catherine March 23, 2011 at 04:15 AM
By the way, Gregs service was beautiful, he looked amazing. I know he will be very missed by every person he brought a smile to!
Liz Mercy March 23, 2011 at 07:41 AM
Being one of Greg's Aunt, I am very grateful that Patch reporters stuck with this and pushed on forward. My first comments on this to leave it be until facts came in were for this very reason. I knew I did not have to say more other than wait for the facts and all of his friends and coworkers would evidence his character and so be it, you all have. Too many times the news does not include accurate information nor the full story and this is often quite common. This platform is an excellent forum for trying to get the truth and that is what is necessary for the healing to begin. Greg is in heaven with his Poppy and Gradmom and cousin and they are all getting it ready for when our turns come. Greg will be on the entertainment committee along with some other very close family members. I want to officially thank all the great friends and cooworkers Greg has as each and everyone of you have attested to Greg's wonderful character. All services so far were absolutely beautiful. Greg is loved and we thank all of you for that. May peace walk with all.
Stephanie March 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Patch, thank you for posting this second article. Nothing is more painful to a family than being forced to deal with media coverage, and such a deep loss, at the same time. Regardless of what the final outcome will be of police testing, it shows journalistic integrity that you were willing to show how loved Greg was, and how close the family is - and how deeply affected they are by what may happen to Jon. Several years ago, we witnessed news coverage of the death of a family member who was involved in a car accident. The news showed his vehicle and announced him "pronounced dead at the scene," before the police could contact his father. The urge to post news fast and first often sacrifices the feelings of those close to a tragedy. Well done, Patch, in showing a little journalistic balance by explaining the feelings of those closest to the victims, in this second article.
Tiffany Folsom March 24, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Maybe Greg swerved out of the way of another drunk driver and hit the pole. The other driver took off. I believe the family and the friends, Knowing Greg personally, he wasn't the drinking type, and he was also, extremely responsible for his age. My prayers are with the families, with Jon, and with Greg's girlfriend :(
rebecca fitzgerald March 24, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Greg was such a nice guy with a big heart. I remember him coming into my work everynight before he would head of to his job to grab a drink, maga millions ticket, and a mag. We would talk about fishing and our dads who were long time friends themself. We wil miss him so much. I can't understand the pain his parents are feeling. But I feel for greg girlfried I have been in her shoes and its hard to lose the man you love. My prayer and love goes out to greg family.
Buzz Beeler March 27, 2011 at 04:42 PM
The police crash team investigators will reconstruct the entire event. Anyone who has information should contact the investigators. I would suggest to all of those involved in this tragic incident to reserve judgement until the investigation is complete.
Liz Mercy March 29, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Catherine, I am Greg's Aunt and he is in heaven. No question at all.
Abc Def March 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM
This is a tragedy. But whether Greg Fuller is in "heaven" or not, one thing is for certain: drunk drivers kill.
Catherine March 31, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Abc Def, was it really neccessary to quote me??? Are you missing that much in your life that you felt your one liner was needed? To go through and read all of theses comments to get that small feeling of satisfaction that you got to add that small fragment of your mind in? Did you happen to read other comments stating that others don't want or need yours??? All of these comments aren't questions of whether or not Greg is in "heaven," but more like people trying to find some answers for what happened. And Buzz Beeler, that is a very good idea, I think it may be a good idea to try to cntact the investigators to help push some better progress. Maybe then, people like ABC will step off. So as for "drunk drivers kill," yes we all know that and it is tragic, but usually the case with that statement is that the driver is drunk for one thing, and almost always walks away.
Buzz Beeler March 31, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Catherine, being from the old school after making reference to some of the factors that lead to tragic events such as this, upon reflection, we know now that there are a host of other contributing issues. In the beginning I felt let the crash team do their job and complete the investigation. I still feel that way, but also we need to learn that none of us are insulated from tragic events such as this one. Sadly this reminds all of us of our own mortality. All one has to do is drive the interstates and observe the behavior of many drivers. I spent many years trying to teach traffic safety and there is no magic bullet. People will continue to take risks until the end of time. You can only hope that those risks, whatever they may be, don't end up like this and many other tragedy's. We should all be concerned about the victims in this case. Events such as these touch many, many lives.
Liz Mercy April 01, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Amen!

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