TOWSON, Md - Every day, thousands of commuters travel up and down Charles Street.
Most of those are by car.
Doctor Theodore Houk daily put a different type of rubber to the road; courtesy of a pair of running shoes.
"I don't know if this day was different from any other day but I would have assumed that he was in his usual attire and carrying his equipment and lunch with him as he usually did." Houk’s friend Doctor Neal Friedlander says.
But today was very different.
Doctor Houk was struck and critically injured as he ran to work this morning.
County Police say the driver of a small SUV was turning onto Chestnut Street and struck Houk as he crossed.
Known as the running doc, Houk is well liked by his peers at GBMC.
And his injury has shocked and saddened this community.
"He's very beloved by his patients and very well known to us so as a result it's very understandable that as a part of our GBMC family to feel a sense of shock and loss and empathy to his family his wife and children." GBMC Chaplain Joe Hart says.
His daily run is five miles shirtless, in rain or even snow carrying his stuff in a backpack in his hand.
From his home in Lutherville, down Charles Street to either GBMC or his practice on York Road.
The doctor wants everyone to live a healthier lifestyle, his colleagues say that's one of the big reasons he got into medicine in the first place.
“It’s part of his message to his patients I think it's one of the most important messages any doctor can give to his patients." Doctor Friedlander says.
Doctor Houk remains in critical condition in Shock Trauma.
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