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Eldersburg Car Accident Leaves One Dead

A 35-year-old male succumbed to injuries from the accident at Carroll Hospital Center.

A 35-year-old man died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained when he was ejected from his Jeep during a two-vehicle collision in Eldersburg.

Police were called to the scene at the intersection of Johnsonville Road and Piney Ridge around 1:15 pm. When they arrived, they found crews from the Sykesville Fire Department treating 35-year-old Leif Erik Foerter, according to police.

Foerter was transported to Carroll Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries, according to a police report.

Police said a Honda Accord traveling west on Piney Ridge Parkway entered into the intersection of Johnsville Road where it struck a north bound Jeep Wrangler. As a result of this collision, Foerter, who was driving the Jeep Wrangler, was ejected after impact.  

The operator of the Honda Accord was transported to Carroll Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to police reports.

Speed, not alcohol, is considered to be a factor in the collision, police said.  

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, according to police.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Corporal Jeff Miller at 410-386-5900   

elizabeth October 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Mr. and Mrs Foerter, I know you will see this through to the end and hopefully justice will be served. I have this to say to anyone trying to make light of Erik's death by defending Daniel's precious feelings.....IGNORANCE IS BLISS. The only information needed is that someone we loved very much was hit by a driver who has a record for driving at high speeds. It's devastating to know this and I want to thank the Foerters for releasing that information so that others can see Daniel's careless pattern on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search. That man robbed my niece and nephew of the man who raised them, robbed his family of a son and brother. I ran into his sister at the crash site and saw how sad she was for the loss of her ONLY brother and it was heartbreaking...why would or should anyone who was a part of Erik's life ever be concerned about Daniel's feelings when it he didn't consider the welfare of others? Perhaps certain individuals should stop focusing on how awful Daniel feels and start being part of the solution. Instead of defending him, why don't you put that energy into helping his family advocate for additional stop signs to be placed so that this type of tragedy doesn't strike another family. Anger is a part of the grieving process and his family is angry. Let them grieve and refrain from posting unnecessary comments about Daniel's feelings...have some respect for the dead. I'm sure Erik would love to be here with all of us today but he isn't.
Kristel Rabideau October 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I just did a case search on Daniel Waskiewicz. Recently charged in March 2012 with driving 78mph in a 40mph zone... But oh no he couldn't have been speeding that fateful day. And in June 2011, he went to court charged with "DRIVER FAILURE TO OBEY PROPERLY PLACED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE INSTRUCTIONS". And my cousin Erik is the one who suffered the ultimate consequence of his obvious disregard for everyone else.
elizabeth October 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
WOW. I just got off of the Maryland Judiciary Case Search.....Daniel, you are a menace to society and I pray that you receive the punishment that you so deserve!!! To all, here are past charges that I have copied and pasted so that others can see for themselves. 1. EXCEEDING MAXIMUM SPEED: 84 MPH IN A POSTED 65 MPH ZONE 2. WILLFULLY DISOBEYING LAWFUL ORDER AND DIRECTION OF POLICE OFFICER 3. DRIVER FAILURE TO OBEY PROPERLY PLACED TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE INSTRUCTIONS 4. EXCEEDING MAXIMUM SPEED: 78 MPH IN A POSTED 40 MPH
elizabeth October 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
One last thing, Ms. Swann YOU are the one who ought to be ASHAMED of YOURSELF. How dare you speak such harsh words to Erik's mother??? All this because you INACCURATELY read her comment and decided to put your two- cents in. I had to call my sister and warn her about allowing my niece and nephew on this forum so they don't have to see how much you have upset their grandmother. Explain yourself to an 11 and 13 year old who just lost the man they looked up to and loved more than anything. It is a shame that my niece may not be able to express herself on here and gather comfort from writing her own posts because of your ignorant one. I had only read Betty R's posting initially, but after reading Mrs. Foerter's response, I went back and read yours.....why don't you take your anger toward the situation and call the local government? The Foerter's are a big part of my family, and I cannot allow anyone to be disrespectful to my family without addressing it.
deborah foerter October 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
There will be a Town Hall meeting where this intersection will be discussed on Oct. 8 at 7pm at the Senior Center at Oakland Mills Rd. Commissioner Doug Howard will be there. All concerned citizens of the Freedom area and just concerned citizens who are available should attend. The current plan as outlined by Comm. Howard is to replace the stop sign at Piney Ridge and Johnsville with "larger" sign with a yellow sign beneath stating that not all traffic stops at the intersection. I urge everyone to consider supporting a 4 way stop so that everyone at that intersection has a chance to see what is coming towards them. If Erik had stopped at that intersection he would have seen the selfish idiot, Daniel Waskiewicz barreling down Piney Ridge Pkwy and would still be here today to tell us of the idiot who ran the stop sign...Hope to see all concerned residents there.
Kyle October 07, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Wearing a seatbelt usually prevents you from being ejected from the car.
Jeanine October 07, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Wow Kyle, that was brilliant....how long did you think about it before you decided to make that statement?...........Not really looking for an answer.... you've said enough!
deborah foerter October 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Well Kyle, again, not wearing a seat belt DID NOT cause the 2009 Honda Accord driven by Daniel Waskiewicz to run a stop sign and T-bone a Jeep. The gross negligence and ill regard for others on the road by Daniel Waskiewicz killed my son. What if the Jeep was a motorcycle, a bicycle, or a mother pushing a stroller, a jogger or just a couple holding hands and crossing the street. I wish my son was wearing his seat belt, not sure he would have survived the impact given that he was hit so hard the back seat was knocked out and the wheels sheared off the axles. I used to work as an RN in a trauma center and have seen some accident victims who did wear seat belts, some were ok, others had severe cognitive deficits The only thing we know is true is that Daniel Waskiewicz ran a stop sign which he has admitted and killed my son. .
elizabeth October 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Obeying the law, paying attention to the road, not running stop signs, and not speeding ususally prevents you from killing an innocent man with your vehicle. I cannot believe how inconsiderate and disrespectful you are that you would write something so foolish for all of Erik's friends and families to see. It's sickening! Kyle, you have a lot of growing up to do. I wonder how your mother, father, siblings, or friends would feel if you were the victim in this accident. You must be a friend of Daniel's....I don't see him on here offering an apology to anyone, he's just hiding and obviously needs you to put your smart a** comment on here as some type of pathetic defense. Do us and yourself a favor and save it....
elizabeth October 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mrs. Foerter, Could you please post the exact address to the meeting tomorrow night? I will be there and hope they allow all of us a chance to speak on behalf of Erik. I know you have a lot support from a lot of people, but if there is ever anything I can do, please let me know. Sophia spent the night with me last night and was talking about you...she misses you guys so much :-)
jag October 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@deborah, the problem is not traffic on Johnsville Rd, it is folks driving to fast on Piney Ridge Pkwy & running the stop sign. Installing a 4-way stop does not fix the problem of folks running the stop sign on Piney Ridge Pkwy. Something needs to be installed, on Piney Ridge Pkwy, to get folks attention when approaching that intersection. Whether it be rumble strips, inverted rumble strips (similar to what is on the shoulder of roads) or speed humps. A larger STOP sign is a good start, but I also think inverted rumble strips would help even more.
Tricia October 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Do you think the newspaper will post the meeting so those not following any of this feed will even know about it? I will try to let my neighborhood know about it. Also, not to start anything, but when I looked up the Judiciary records there seems to be a lot of cases with same name that, if it is same person, might indicate he is a baltimore city policeman. That might explain name being left out of paper, them saying he was only doing 30mph. I may not know what I am talking about, just a thought I had. My heart just breaks for your whole family.
Kristel Rabideau October 07, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Seems there are two people with the exact same name, but different birthdates. Not far enough apart to be father and son though. Daniel W. DOB 7/1988 is the one from this incident.
deborah foerter October 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
jag, while I do agree with you that your ideas would definitely help/prevent another accident/fatality, I am suggesting a 4 way stop so that at least when you are west bound on Johnsville, you would stop, look both ways, and if someone was running the stop sign you just might have a chance to avoid a collision. Also, it would not cost the county much which seems to be an issue. the larger sign is Commissioner Howard's idea. Not sure if a larger sign is the answer, a stop sign is a stop sign, and if you are obeying the speed limit there is plenty of time to see it and heed its message.
deborah foerter October 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
liz, we are trying to get the exact address, a neighbor just let me know that the street Doug Howard sent her is incorrect and that the center is also closed tomorrow. As soon as I know I will post it to you. Please call me. Deborah
deborah foerter October 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM
The address for the community meeting tomorrow at 7pm is South County Senior and Community Ctr, 5928 Mineral Hill Rd. Sykesvile, MD 21784. Even though the center is closed for Columbus Day, it is being opened in the evening for the mtg. Hope many can attend.
Tom Foerter October 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I'm related to Erik and what I would like is Daniel's address! Erik was a a wonderful man and if you idiots don't have anything better to do than try and implicate him as having any part in his own death, you should leave his grieving friends, family, and concerned citizens alone! Some people we wonder if they are stupid and others, like you, open their mouths and remove ALL doubt! rest in Peace, Erik!
Rose October 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Ms. Swann, do you have children? Do you know what it is to be a mother? That role entails giving of yourself endlessly, beginning with pregnancy. As a mother you expend so much energy into caring for, raising, and nurturing your "baby" into adulthood. It does not stop there. Can you for a minute imagine yourself in Mrs. Foerter's shoes? In Erik's family's shoes? Even if you feel that the sentiment should not have been expressed, do you understand that this is a mother grieving for someone that is a part of her??? Do you understand that there has been a void that can NEVER, EVER be filled. Again you are entitled to your opinion, but come on...have a little empathy and show some respect. With regard to your commentary about "knowing the details about her son", how is that statement even relevant?? Clearly speed was a factor; if you look at the pictures above, you can see that the honda was the cause of the accident. think about it, if Erik had been at fault and ran the stop sign, wouldn't the honda's front end demonstrate that it was hit on the side, not head on. Ugh...that's neither here nor there. The end of the day, a man that was cherished and dearly loved was lost. It's unfortunate that you felt the need to try to reprimand a grieving woman. SHAME ON YOU. Pray that God see's fit to spare you of such heartache, and on top of it, having to deal with the ignorant comments of someone completely oblivious and unconcerned with your pain.
Rose October 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Yes, and exercising disrection and having intelligence usually prevents you from making ignorant comments like the one you just made.
elizabeth October 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Friends, family, and concerned citizens: join the Foerter's this evening at the Senior Center to advocate for change to the dangerous intersection that contributed to Erik's untimely death. Our collective voices may help save a life!!!!
elizabeth October 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
South County Senior Community Center 5928 mineral hill road Sykesville MD 21784 Begins at 7 tonight
Kym Byrnes (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I have just confirmed with Commissioner Howard that there is a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the South Carroll Senior Center. Commissioner Howard said it is a town meeting to discuss several different public safety related topics, including options for this particular intersection.
Carrie Foerter October 09, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Betty, what does that mean to us, Erik's family, that he, Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz, my brother's killer, will have that pain forever. He doesn't know the pain that Erik felt when he was hit and suffered a head injury. I could go into all the other injuries that Erik had, that will make you sick to your stomach, but I'd rather spare the others who are a little more caring and compassionate than you are. Consider yourself lucky for that. Daniel Waskiewicz, (DOB 07/30/1988) will never know the pain of hearing that you brother/son/father was killed. I Guarantee you that there will be days in his life that Daniel Waskiewicz, my brother's killer, will not even think about Erik. We will think about Erik everyday, what an amazing boy he was and what he could have been. As I write this crying right now because you dare defend a downright killer on here, I hope you shed just one tear out of shame and embarrassment for your stupid comments. One thing I hope you never feel is sympathy for Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz for having to think of my dead, murdered brother. He deserves so much more than to have think about my brother everyday. Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz, I hope you are reading all of this. You killed my brother...was is worth it to be late to your referee gig that day. Was it worth it to blast your horn at other cars in front of you only so you could drive ahead and kill my brother. I do not feel sorry for you one bit. I hope you rot for killing my brother.
Carrie Foerter October 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Kyle, does "usually" include driving perfectly safely only to be T-boned by a reckless driver who USUALLY is reckless...if you check the driving record of Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz, dob 07/30/1988 you will see that he has made a habit of breaking traffic laws and has a habit of USUALLY having no regard for any other life on the roads. On September 22, 2012, Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz was speeding and blasting his car horn at other drivers to get out of the way only so he could go faster. Only so that he could run a stop sign. Only so that he could T-bone my brother who was driving the speed limit. Only so he could kill my brother. So if you want to talk about USUAL circumstances, lets first add everything up. My brother didn't have a chance to survive that accident. His injuries, which were already extensive could have been much worse had he been trapped in that Jeep by his seatbelt. If my brother's murderer, Daniel Joseph Waskiewicz had been doing the USUAL things that most people USUALLY do when driving back country roads, my brother would have survived that day. But he is now dead. And we have to get used to what our new USUAL will be without my brother.
ben October 09, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Did anyone look at Foerter's driving record...Maybe you should.....Does it really matter.....I pray for all of you...Your sick...Nothing you say will change the out come.....I feel for both family's....As should all of you.....God help all of us......
ben October 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Why would you want the man's address......Crazzzy red necks......GO TO CHURCH....Sounds like your son was a good guy...Would he want you to act like this..God bless him....God help you...
Pete October 10, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Erics license was suspended he should not have been driving to start with
Pete October 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
It would have never happened
Pete October 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Sorry for your loss
Chuck October 10, 2012 at 01:18 AM
The facts of the incident are: Erik's vehicle had the right of way, Daniel failed to stop at a stop sign. Although Daniel did not intend to be involved in an accident, Daniel's negligence was the contributing factor in the death of Erik. Erik's family is in mourning because of this tragic loss and Daniel's family is naturally being protective of him. These ongoing comments will not help either of these families heal, nor will they help resolve this feud. I wish all of the family members and loved ones involved well, and the strength to get through these very difficult times.

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