I-95 Pedestrian Death Ruled Suicide

A Howard County woman allegedly stepped into traffic on Interstate 95 Thursday night.

Maryland State Police have declared on Interstate 95 a suicide.

Christine Elizabeth Eldin, 46, of West Friendship, was pronounced dead on the scene after being struck by a northbound vehicle on Interstate 95 near , Maryland State police said in a news release.

Eldin was struck by a 2012 Dodge Van driven by Paththini Wickramarathne of Long Beach, CA at the 85.5 mile marker after she stepped into the path of the vehicle in the left lane, police said.

Eldin's vehicle was found parked on the left shoulder, containing letters that indicated she intentionally stepped into traffic to commit suicide.

The release stated that Wickramarathne was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Interstate 95 was closed for approximately three hours following the incident.

The news of the accident was first reported by at 9:20 p.m. Thursday.

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Sara Tagget August 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I am positive Christine was not trying to add any more pain to anyone else, she was just ending her own pain. It's unfortunate that she took her life in a way that impacted a strangers, I don't see it as being selfish, suicide is the result of mental illness. If someone has a heart attack while driving their car and hits another car, do we say the driver with the heart attack was being selfish because they shouldn't have been driving? No we don't. My heart goes out to Christine's family and friends.
skj August 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM
When someone commits suicide they are not thinking clearly. Whatever is occurring in their life at the time has them feeling like death is their best option and it's heartbreaking. It's easy to say that it's selfishness, and that would be true if the person was thinking clearly, but that's not the case. It's extremely tragic that some unsuspecting person has to now live with the awful knowledge that they inadvertantly killed someone. My heart goes out to both the victim (the driver) and the woman.
Holly August 12, 2012 at 05:13 AM
As a rule though, women don't usually opt for such violent measures so clearly this is someone who just wanted OUT. Unfortunately you can find alot too, by pulling up the Maryland Judiciary Case Search site where her name brings up several references to recent divorce, domestic violence and I believe custody of a minor. That'll do it. Can't say I'd actually consider killing myself over something like this but at the same time it does have the potential to drive one at least temporarily crazy. If the husbands' behavior is connected in any way to her recent actions I hope her family goes after him with a vengeance.
Katherine September 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM
This is the first time I have been on this sight and read these comments. I am Chris's sister and knew her well in her last months. How dare anyone judge her. How dare anyone judge her family. Only God is judge and fully understood what she was going through. I wasn't going to leave any comments here but felt I have to. Anyone who leaves any negative remarks about my sister ought to take care, for God is judge and will deal with you in his own way.
Rhonda Forrester November 19, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Do yourself a favor Boom.. Next time you have the desire to make or say a comment do everyone a favor and DON'T!!! You know for the family who is living with this and having so many questions, they don't need for someone with out a heart and most important a brain to make stupid comments like this. I have known Christine and her family for over 30 years, and have been Best-friends with her sister Kathy since we were 13 years old, and I can tell you that I and her family know that God is there for them and Christine during this very difficult time.


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