WEST BALTIMORE — Car crashes into tree,killing a passenger
A 20-year-old Baltimore man was killed shortly before dawn yesterday when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree while a police car was in pursuit, authorities said.
The accident occurred on Stokes Drive about 5:30 a.m. after the juvenile driver of the car allegedly drove hazardously on several streets in the Edmondson community, said Dennis S. Hill, a city police spokesman.
A police officer noticed the car moving erratically in the westbound lanes of Edmondson Avenue and began following it, without activating the overhead emergency lights, Mr. Hill said.
The officer reported following the car as it went through several red lights and struck a median strip, traveling on Wildwood Parkway and Woodington and Rokeby roads before he finally turned on the emergency lights, Mr. Hill said.
"Within moments," Mr. Hill said, the car -- moving about 30 mph -- ran off Stokes Drive into a field and struck a tree, killing passenger Antoine Crawford of the 600 block of North Edgewood Street.
Charges were pending against the male juvenile driver, whose identity was not divulged. He received minor injuries, police said.
Ticket hours increased for Saturday's big jackpot
The Maryland Lottery has announced extended hours foticket sales today and tomorrow, anticipating increased demand with the Lotto jackpot nearing the game's all-time record.
Because there was no jackpot winner Saturday night -- and none since July 3 -- the top prize is expected to reach at least $13.5 million by Wednesday night's drawing, deputy lottery director Carroll H. Hynson Jr. said yesterday. The game's largest prize was $15 million in May 1988, when four winners split the jackpot.
Mr. Hynson said that lottery computer terminals will be open until p.m. tonight and tomorrow to handle the expected increased ticket sales. "We know that when the jackpot exceeds $7 or 8 million, we have a tremendous response," Mr. Hynson said.
Fraternity opens new headquarters
Alpha Phi Alpha, founded 85 years ago as the nation's first black fraternity, dedicated its new national headquarters at the old Goucher House in the 2300 block of St. Paul Street yesterday.
The fraternity, whose members include retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, New York Mayor David Dinkins and the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., previously had its offices in Chicago.