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Worker Killed in Palisades Garage Accident

The complex's management sent a letter to residents on Monday about the incident.

(Updated 4:30 p.m.)—An employee at the Palisades apartment complex in Towson was killed Monday morning in an accident involving the building's automatic parking garage.

Timothy Bartholomew, 35, died at approximately noon Monday from injuries in a two-story fall from the fourth floor of the garage, police Detective Cathy Batton said.

The accident was caused when a portion of the automated parking machine fell from the fourth floor, causing Bartholomew to fall to the second floor, Batton said.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the complex at 212 Washington Ave. shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. Bartholomew was transported to , where he was pronounced dead.

The death is ruled accidental, though Batton said state occupational safety investigators were called to the scene

Bartholomew was also a resident of the apartment complex. Palisades management announced his death in a letter distributed to residents later Monday.

Two bays of the automatic parking garage will remain closed for maintenance, complex management said in the letter.

Towsonattorney February 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
As a former resident of the Palisades for six months, it was very clear he was was a very nice and helpful man. As an attorney, I cannot say the accident comes as a surprise. The highly defective design is not only unreliable, but dangerous. The reporting of loud bangs on previous occasions is the unfortunate truth, and I hope somebody gets to the very bottom of this apparently avoidable tragedy.
Wendy McDermott February 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I currently live at the Palisades. Yesterday morning my car wouldn't start. Although he was busy trying to work on the parking system, Tim helped me out. He was never too busy to lend a hand and was always friendly and smiling. He was a fantastic presence in the building, a member of the Palisades family and a wonderful neighbor. Tim will be greatly missed. All of our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time. He was a young man and this was a great tragedy.
brody bond February 14, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I also live at the Palisades, and on the same floor as Tim. He was always cheerful and helpful to me and my family. We will miss our neighbor, "helper," and friend. Life is fragile. We are so glad we got to know Tim a little over the last year. Deep sympathy to his family and all the other people he's served and touched in his life.
Kamni Gupta February 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I moved to the Palisades about a month ago, a day ago Tim was in the elevator and playing with our little yorkie. Life is indeed short and we take it for granted. I hope his family can find some peace in the great guy that he was and that he is remembered lovingly by those who knew him.
Melissa Gordon February 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I've lived in the Palisades now for the year and since the day I moved in, Tim had been the one to help me. I had the privilege of getting to know him over the summer out by the pool and all I can say is that he was a great guy. This garage here has been a nightmare since day 1- nothing but problems. It certainly shouldn't have been his way to go. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Christine February 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I am still in mourning as Tim was part of my family. He was a great gentle soul. Gone too soon Timbo. We love and miss you! May your soul rest in peace!
Keith Downey February 14, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Best friend and a brother, he will be missed greatly, thank you all for the kind comments will pass them along to his family. RIP Tim. Your loving brother, Keith
Brian Martin February 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Great friend, person and soul. Tim touched so many people in a positive way. I love u brother, Brian
Matt McDermott February 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Everyone in the building has a Tim-to-the-Rescue story. He was a good, hardworking guy and a great neighbor who regularly went above and beyond to help others - not because he had to, but because it was in his nature to. We'll miss him immensely.
kristy lundy February 14, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Tim was so sweet n shy in middle and high-school...yet the words I read above clearly he outgrew that shyness n went above n beyond to help anyone in need and was a friend to all. He will b missed n may his spirit live in through memories...
Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
This makes my heart hurt. Tim was such a sweet person and friend. He will be missed by so many...RIP my friend :(
Rob Kennedy February 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The early residents will remember tim going out with us all after work for socializing and good times. I will miss asking him how his day was, expecting some negative, only to always hear how good it was going. Always with a smile, tim was a hard worker. It's tragic that he had to go out the way he did. The auto-park has its faults, and the palisades seemed to be a testing grounds of sorts to work the kinks out of one of the largest systems of its kind in the usa. I like the rest of you will miss him but will certainly remember him for the great person that he was.
Terry Johnson February 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
This tragic event is hard to believe. Tim was a great person and he will be missed and thought of often. R.I.P.
Mike Luckhurst February 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
I’ve been at the Palisades almost since they opened. I’ve gotten to know most of the staff and I like them all. Tim was a great guy who always had a smile and a good word. On several occasions he’d meet some of the residents out for a snack and a beer. I’ll miss seeing Tim, this is a great shock
Samantha DeCarlo February 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I was blessed to have known and loved Tim for many years. He was a wonderful man. I will miss him so much. A part of my heart is gone forever. I love you Tim.
Matt Walton February 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Even though I haven't seen Tim in some years, I have nothing but good memories of him, from middle school on. This is truelly a tragedy. He was such a good person. You are missed. My deepest condolences to Tim's family and friends.
B D February 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I am a resident of the palisades but Tim was my friend first. I wasn't related to Tim by blood, but considered him my brother none the less. I have only known him for about a year but we clicked instantly. I think after a month or so we already had 40 inside jokes. We hung out with Tim all the time. He was a huge part of our lives and he wont be forgotten. RIP Tim Miss you Bro!
Michelle wetzel February 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I've know Tim since middle school..he was such a great guy..we were close friends in school..My heart goes out to his family. Please someone keep me posted on details on his service ..I don't want to miss it..R.I.P Tim ..we all love you
rudy February 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Tim is/;was my best friend when i came to palisades from 39westlex Tim was the first to take me under his wing and show me the ropes there was not a day i didnt get up and look forward to going to work its not just a job its a family the love and happiness give you a feeling of hey iam wanted and needed somewhere I matter to this family. When Iam sick or my back is hurting more then usual or family at home not well TIM was one of the first to say i am hear for you anything you need i have your back I/he was my right hand man now that he gone there a void its different the brightness from tim personality its gone he is truely miss and since there hasnt been a service i have had no true closing my heart hurts my bestfriend/brotherwas taking to soon and i have asked my self why but i just believe it was his time the lord takes the best he needed Tim earlier gone but never ever forgotten I miss you my friend my brother RUDY & BARBARA, NOEL, SELENA, MARCO-ANTONIO, CAROLINA AND JONATHAN MARROQUIN
Barbara March 03, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I was so saddened when I heard of Tim's passing , what a tragic accident . Tim lived 2 doors down from me when he lived in Millersville a few years back, such a gentle soul . I will always remember his smile and hilarious sense of humor. Tim, Sam and I had many good times together. I still have his Kilians beer mug in my freezer where it shall remain. I know Tim is in heaven with his dear Father who he loved so much . My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends , you will be missed and thought of often
Emma White May 27, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Tim was such a sweet guy. He was always kind and friendly and so helpful to me and my family when we lived at the Palisades for a short time. Still can't believe it all happened. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. As another mentioned, you will be missed and thought of often Tim.

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