Bay Bridge victim was prominent golf writer
The man who was killed Monday when he was thrown from the Bay Bridge in a bizarre traffic crash was a retired golf writer who covered Tiger Woods and some of the other most prominent names in the game for USA Today.
Harry Blauvelt, 70, of Chester on Kent Island (right) was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center after he was pulled from the Chesapeake Bay late Monday morning. He was hit by his own vehicle, a 2001 Honda, when it was struck by an International truck as the car stood disabled in the right lane of the eastbound span. Blauvelt had left his car when it was struck and pushed into him, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
It was apparently only the second time in the almost 60-year history of the bridge that a person went over the side as a result of an accident. Two other men who had been on the bridge Monday ended up in the water in separate incidents that were not traffic-related. One of them died.
Reid Cherner, Blauvelt's former editor at USA Today and now a reporter there, said Blauvelt retired seven or eight years ago after many years of covering the professional golf tour. His years on the beat coincides with Woods rise to prominence in the game.
"I don't think Tiger won a major without Harry being there," Cherner said.
Cherner remembers Blauvelt as a devotee of films, the TV program The Wire and Navy football.
"Harry was a man of tremendous passion," Cherner said. "When Harry got involved in something he really let you know."
Blauvelt leaves a wife, Ellen, of Kent Island.
Photo courtesy of USA Today
In an ironic twist, Blauvelt was quoted in late 2004 in the Annapolis Capital expressing concern about the Bay Bridge in a public meeting after the disclosure that the Maryland Transportation Authority had been forced to redo faulty paving of the bridge deck after cracks had been found in the new cement.
"Having to do this again is cruel and unusual punishment," said Blauvelt was quoted as saying.
Blauvelt expressed concern that authority officials were planning to continue testing the one lane that had not shown cracks in an effort to determine whether they could avoid repaving it.
"Are you doing this by trial and error ... shouldn't you have figured this out by now?" the Capital quoted Blauvelt as saying.
"Harry was not a fan of the bridge," Cherner said.