4-year-old struck by truck dies Child is 3rd hit by a vehicle in city this week.

April 05, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

In the third incident this week in which a child was struck by a motor vehicle, a 4-year-old East Baltimore girl was killed yesterday when she ran into a truck while attempting to cross the street on which she lived, police said.

And a 5-year-old boy from southwest Baltimore, who was struck by a car Wednesday in Waverly, died of his injuries last night, police said.

The boy, who lived in the 2500 block of McHenry St., was injured when he and his half-brother were hit by a car as they attempted to cross the 2800 block of Greenmount Ave., police said.

About 4:15 p.m. yesterday, LaToya Nicole Butler was crossing the 1500 block of N. Washington St. when she ran into the side of a northbound truck, said Officer Earl Borman of the traffic investigation unit.

Borman said the truck's rear wheels ran over LaToya, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Jesse James Williams, 57, of the 800 block of N. Collington Ave., told police he saw the girl a split second before the collision.

"Just about the time she ran into the side of his truck" was when Williams saw LaToya, Borman said. "It was just too late.

"If she had bounced backward, there might not have been a lot of injuries," Borman said. "But she went under the back wheels."

Borman said investigation of the accident is continuing, and no charges have been placed against Williams.

In the Wednesday accident, police said Carlos Eugene Hicks, 5, of the 2500 block of McHenry St., and his half-brother, Eugene Antonio Hicks, 10, of the 400 block of E. 28th St., were attempting to cross the northbound lane of the 2800 block of Greenmount Ave. about 5 p.m. when they were both hit by a 1984 Buick. The car was driven by Charles Eugene Hebron, 20, of the 400 block of Main St. in Turners Station, Baltimore County.

The impact threw Eugene into the southbound lane, where he was hit by a red Volkswagen Jetta, whose driver stopped but then drove off, police said.

Eugene, who received a broken right leg and other injuries, was in good condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital Children's Center, police said.

Carlos died of extensive head injuries shortly before 10 p.m. last night, police said.

The driver of the Jetta is being sought, police said. Police also said pedestrian error apparently caused the accident, and that no charges have been placed against Hebron.

Also this week, Travis Cornish was pushing his scooter across a street in East Baltimore when he was struck by a lime green Volkswagen Beetle, police said. He was in stable condition today at Hopkins' pediatric intensive care unit.

Police said anyone with information about the two cars should call the traffic investigation unit at 396-2606.

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