Teen takes car without asking, dies in crash

January 15, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 16-year-old from southwest Baltimore, driving his mother's car without permission, was killed today when he crashed into another vehicle at Park Heights Avenue and West Northern Parkway, police said.

The victim was identified as Leon Pitts, of the 2800 block of Grantley St.

Capt. James Durner, of the city traffic investigation unit, said the youth, who did not have a driver's license, secretly took his mother's car keys last night and left the house.

About 2 a.m., a Baltimore County police officer spotted the youth driving the 1989 Oldsmobile very slowly in Pikesville, Durner said.

He said the officer was behind the car when the driver apparently panicked and sped off.

The car ran a red light at Park Heights and Northern Parkway and struck an eastbound Nissan occupied by two people, Durner said.

The Oldsmobile flipped over. Durner said Pitts was trapped in the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other teen-agers in the Oldsmobile and both occupants of the Nissan were injured, Durner said.

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