Couple's Condition Serious After Crash Killing Children

July 10, 1991|By Maria Archangelo | Maria Archangelo,Staff writer

Silver Run husband and wife were listed in serious but stable condition yesterday after a storm-related accident Sunday afternoon that injured them and claimed the lives of their three young children.

Russell Michael Corbett Sr., 26, and his wife, Betty Lou Corbett, 24, of the 1100 block of Humbert Schoolhouse Road, were injured in the 1:40 p.m. accident on Route 97 near their home.

Russell Corbett Sr. was taken to Washington County General Hospital, where he is being treated for multiple injuries. Betty Lou Corbett was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore, where she also is being treated for multiple injuries.

The family baby sitter, 15-year-old Kathy Posedenti, also was injured. She was listed in critical but stable condition at the Shock Trauma Center.

The Corbetts and Posedenti were riding in the front seat of the car. They were not wearing seat belts, said Tfc. Douglas Reitz, who is investigating the crash.

Reitz said that only Betty Corbett was told as of yesterday that all her children were killed when the family's 1991 Ford Taurus station wagon crossed the center line and into the path of a Jeep Cherokee.

Jacqueline Michelle Corbett, 5; Russell Michael Corbett Jr., 3; and Loren Cassidy Corbett, 18 months, were dressed in their Sunday best on their way to a birthday party when the accident happened. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Reitz said the wet, curved highway appeared to have contributed to the crash. Two worn tires on the front of the car also may have added to the hazardous conditions, he said.

An accident investigator was to visit the scene today to help determine the cause of the crash.

Jeep driver Peter I. Levine of Reisterstown was taken to Washington County General Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. Two passengers in the Jeep were listed in fair and stable condition at the Shock Trauma Center.

Before the Taurus crashed into the Jeep, it sideswiped a 1990 Buick Skylark. The driver of that car was treated and released from Howard County General Hospital late Sunday.

Reitz said police believe the children may have been killed when heavy objects -- including a 60-pound light fixture -- stored in the back of the station wagon fell forward on their heads during the crash. Two of the children were wearing seat belts and the baby was in a safety seat, Reitz said.

The crash was the most deadly of the problems caused by fierce thunderstorms that briefly lashed the county and then wreaked more havoc in Baltimore and Harford counties.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Peggy Mulloy said 10,000 homes in Carroll were without power after the storm rolled through after 1 p.m. Sunday, knocking down trees and power lines.

Power was restored in a few hours but went out again Sunday night in some areas, Mulloy said.

Another storm Monday caused little damage to power lines in Carroll, Mulloy said.

Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. spokesman Al Boyer said the storms caused some line problems but that he "wasn't aware of any significant damage."

First Sgt. Stephen Reynolds said state police handled 21 accidents during the long holiday weekend. He said he didn't believe most were storm-related.

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