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Man, 19, killed leaning out truck window

A 19-year-old from Silver Spring who was a backseat passenger in a truck died Monday in Anne Arundel County when he struck a telephone pole as he leaned out to wave and yell at friends, authorities said.

David Yamamoto Hepner, of the 900 block of Devere Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene, Anne Arundel police said.

Police said Hepner and three other teenagers were riding on on Governor Bridge Road near Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville about 5:40 p.m. when they saw some friends walking in a field to the right of the roadway.

As the group in the car began to yell and wave to friends outside, police said, Hepner leaned out the right rear window. At the same time, the truck veered right and sideswiped a telephone pole.

Police said speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | October 19, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Traffic Accidents  
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Was this a rural area?

Yup, this is exactly why your parent(s) told you not to stick any appendages out the car window while it's moving.

A lousy way to go.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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