Expectant father dies in West Patapsco Ave. crash

They met in the median, right where Jeff Shore's car flipped on West Patapsco Ave.  Family and friends had no fear.  As cars went by, they focused on the cross in his memory.

"They believe it's a tire blow-up, it's a bad tire.  Then he hit the curb.  When he hit the curb, his car flipped over.  When he flipped over, another car was coming at him about 80 m.p.h. and just smacked him," said Tiffany Shore, the victim's cousin.    

Tiffany Shore says Jeff's brother was driving in front of him Monday afternoon before the crash.  Police have not verified a tire blow out, but witnesses say they saw it before the car flipped from the eastbound side to the west.

His car hit a few others, including a school bus.  But no children were injured. 

Shore died at the hospital.  Three others, including two from Shore's car, were injured. 

"It just makes me feel real bad because we've been having a hard time lately, but we were trying to get it back together," said Marquise Harris, who is pregnant with Shore's baby. 

At 19 years old, Shore was anticipating the birth of his daughter in April. 

"He just wanted to be there to hold her, and take care of her, and for her to know who he is," said Harris.   

"He constantly talked about it.  He just couldn't wait for the baby to be born.  That's all he talked about," said Gary Runkel, the victim's friend. 

And he talked about his unborn daughter on the road which he drove everyday.

But familiarity couldn't stop Jeff Shore from losing control of his car.

"I was just thinking about the baby, not having her biological dad in her life.  And it just hurts a lot," said Harris.

Witnesses also say the driver of the car that hit Shore's vehicle was speeding, but no charges have been filed.  Also, the family tells us a woman in Jeff Shore's car is in critical condition. 

Jeff's family is collecting donations to help with the cost of the funeral. If you would like to help you can send your donation to the Meadowridge Memorial Park at 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md. 21075 or call 410-796-1144.

A Monday funeral service is planned.

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