N.Y. woman dies after collision

April 01, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A New York woman has died of injuries she received when her pickup truck collided with a makeshift trailer that broke free of the van to which it was hitched, city traffic police said.

About 2 p.m. Saturday, police said Kathleen M. Palinkas, 19, of Horsehead, N.Y., was driving a 1987 Mazda pickup truck south in the 5100 block of N. Charles St. when the makeshift trailer, fashioned from the bed of a pickup truck, crossed the center line and crashed into the driver's side of the Mazda.

Palinkas died of head injuries shortly before 3 p.m. at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said.

Two passengers in the Mazda, Daniel Palinkas, 13, also of Horsehead, and Christopher Premo, 21, of Ogdensbury, N.Y., were treated for minor injuries at the University of Maryland Medical Center and released, police said.

The relationship of the child to the dead woman was not immediately known.

The trailer was hitched to a Ford van driven by Frank Gourley, 24, of the 6400 block of Falkirk Road, police said. It broke loose when the van drove over a dip in the roadway.

Police said charges against Gourley were pending an investigation.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatality brought to 132 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 155 at the same time last year.

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