Joy-rider Dies When Car Hits Pole

August 25, 1991|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A 16-year-old from Baltimore was killed Friday morning after a stolen car he was driving at speeds up to 90 mph slammed a telephone pole in the Southgate section of Glen Burnie, state police say.

Andre Lamont Anderson, of the 800 block of Stoll Street, Brooklyn, died about two hours after being flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore.

Three other boys and one man riding in the car also were injured in the 2:15 a.m. crash, at the intersection of Hospital Drive and Crain Highway.

All the injured were released Friday from area hospitals except for a 14-year-old boy, a back-seat passenger, who was listed in serious but stable condition at Shock Trauma.

A 17-year-old boy, who rode in the front passenger seat, was treated at North Arundel Hospital, and a 16-year-old boy, a back-seat passenger, was treatedat Harbor Hospital in Baltimore.

Another back-seat passenger, Jerome Douglas, 18, of the 200 block of Zepplin Avenue, Brooklyn Park, also was treated and released from Harbor Hospital.

State police charged Douglas with one count of auto theft, and he was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner.

State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson would not release the names of the injured juveniles because they could be charged. He said they all lived either in the Brooklyn section of Baltimore or Brooklyn Park.

Jackson said the 1981 Plymouth Colt was stolen from a home on Wasena Avenue in Brooklyn Park Thursday night or early Friday morning.

He said the youths took the car for a joy ride.

Witnesses told police the car was speeding about 90 mph west on Hospital Drive when it went out of control and hit a utility pole on Crain Highway. Jackson said Andersonwas trapped in the wreckage for 30 minutes.

He was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma, where he died at 4 a.m. Jackson said the youth did not have a driver's license.

He also said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident.

Jackson said police could not determine if the occupants were wearing seat belts. He said the car was demolished.

The spokesman also said he would confer with the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office for the filing of additional charges.

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