Hit-and-run victim's brother recalls a 'wonderful guy'
As word of the death of Edward Baer, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday, spread among his family and friends, anger mixed with grief.
"It's just horrible," John Baer said by phone from Massachusetts, as he prepared to travel to Montgomery County. He had spoken with other family members and friends, he said, and many were upset.
"The [driver] broke the law and killed my brother," said John Baer.
Baer, 44, was to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary next year, according to John. He and his wife has two daughters a and son, ages 15 to 9, John added.
On Tuesday, according to police and a manager at the Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, Edward had just unloaded two Chevrolet Camaros from a tractor-trailer near the dealearship's entrance when he was hit. Still on his truck were three more Chevys and two Nissans.
He had been delivering cars to local dealerships, sometimes picking them up at ports, for about 15 years, said his brother. He liked driving them on and off the truck, and telling his brother which new models impressed him. "I got a sneak preview," John said.
Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, a vehicle heading east on Firstfield Road struck Edward. He died a short time later at Shady Grove Hospital. There was no word Wednesday morning of any arrests in the case.
"He was a wonderful guy ... a great older brother," John said.
Edward lived in Hagerstown. He grew up Forestville, and graduated from Crossland High School in the Temple Hills area, John said.
Police asked anyone who witnessed the collision or knows anything about it to call 301-840-2435.
-- Dan Morse
January 27, 2010; 8:33 AM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery
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