A three-car accident Wednesday on Interstate 97 near Millersville left three people seriously injured, including a pregnant woman whose baby was delivered later by Caesarean section at Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.
The 7:41 a.m. accident closed southbound I-97 for nearly three hours, causing a massive rush-hour traffic jam. Police say the three cars were destroyed, with one overturning and another splitting in half.
Police say that Linda Cooke Pittelli, 35, of the unit block Wilelinor Drive in Edgewater was driving a 1986 Nissan 300ZX north on I-97when she crossed a grass median and struck a 1991 Chevy Blazer. The sports car was cut in half.
The Blazer flipped over and hit a 1985Pontiac Gran Am driven by Margaret Mary Heron, 38, of the 500 block Devonshire Court in Severna Park.
Pittelli, who was pregnant, was listed in critical condition yesterday at Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore. Her baby girl was delivered and transferred to University Hospital, a spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman at University Hospital said the Pittelli baby was in critical condition in the neo-natal care unit. The baby was two months premature.
Theoccupants of the Chevy Blazer, Robert Daniel Swan, 27, and his wife,Donna Weigh Swan, 26, of the 7500 block Wharfinger Court, Glen Burnie, were flown to Shock Trauma Center and were listed in serious but stable condition yesterday.
Heron was treated for minor injuries atAnne Arundel County General Hospital.
Police say charges are pending.
FOUR RESCUED AFTER BOAT SINKS IN SOUTH
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people early yesterday morning after their 12-foot boat sank in the South River, near Turkey Point in Mayo.
The Coast Guardsaid one person was injured in the accident. The boater was taken toAnneArundel County General Hospital, where he was treated for leg injury and released.
Lt. Andy Sager, head of Coast Guard Operations on the Chesapeake Bay, said a Turkey Point resident, Elizabeth Surette, called the Coast Guard at midnight after hearing cries for help inthe water.
At 12:20 a.m., rescuers found the four people swimmingwithout life preservers. Sager said the water temperature was 47 degrees.
"Trying to locate people in the water without life jackets on is extremely difficult," Sager said. "It's like throwing coconuts in the water and trying to find them at night. We were watching and listening really closely. We were really lucky."
The four people rescued have been identified as Bart Gibbs of Edgewater, Lee Madison of Glen Burnie, Audrey Strong of Riva and Bob Harrison of Glen Burnie.
Sager said their ages and address were not available. He said he did not know how far off shore the boat sunk.
THIRD CHARGED WITH WEST ST. ROBBERIES
Annapolis police have charged a third suspect in connection with a series of armed robberies of West Street businesses from late February to early April.
Adrian Alonzo Joyce, 26, was charged Tuesday with three counts of armed robbery. Joyce was being held at the county Detention Center on unrelated charges. Bond has been setat $250,000.
The man was charged in connection with holdups at Rixie Pizza and Sandwich Shoppes and Piezano Pizza, both located on West Street. He also was charged with holding up the manager of Piezano in the parking lot.
Two other men, George Brown Jr., 24 of the 100block Solomons Island Road, and Billy Watkins, 39, of the 1800 blockBowman Court, were charged April 5 in connection with holdups at theJiffy Lube. Brown also was charged with robbing the Cleaning by Riley and The Woodburner Shop.
Police spokesman Dermott Hickey said there has been six similar holdups on West Street, and police have arrested all butone suspect. "We kind of know who he is," he said. "But we don't have enough evidence to charge him."
MAN ARRESTED BY FBI ON ROBBERY CHARGES
A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday by the FBI after calling Annapolis police saying he wanted to turn himself in fora January bank robbery, police said.
George Lionel Gray Jr., of the 1900 block Copeland Street, was charged with armed robbery in connection with the holdup at the Second National Federal Bank, in the 900 block Bay Ridge Road.
Police say that on Jan. 8, a man walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. The police report says the teller gave the man an undetermined amount of money, including an orange dye pack.
GIRL, 13, SAYS MAN, 19, RAPED HER
A 13-year-old girl has told county police she was raped by a man Tuesday night in Valley Brook Apartments complex in Glen Burnie.
Police say the girl was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital. She told police the man was about 19 or 20 years old. Police say they have a suspect, but have not arrested him yet.