Traffic accidents kill 5, including infant, in Baltimore area

November 23, 1991

A 7-month-old infant was killed and her mother and three sisters were injured when their car hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames in one of four fatal traffic accidents that took five lives in the Baltimore area yesterday.

Police said a car driven by Nancy Lee Akers, 30, of Annapolis, hit and climbed a concrete barrier on Solomons Island Road in Anne Arundel County and was engulfed in flames after the gas tank ruptured.

The driver's daughter, 7-month-old Kristie Akers, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mrs. Akers and Deanna Akers, 3, were in critical condition at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, and two other daughters were treated for minor injuries.

In another Anne Arundel accident, Gillen C. McKinney, 40, of Glen Burnie was driving a van east on Annapolis Road in Jessup about noon when he tried to pass a car on the right shoulder, police said. When he tried to pull back into traffic, he crossed the center line and hit a Honda driven by U.S. Army Sgt. Osvaldo Rosa, 29, of Columbia.

Sergeant Rosa was killed, and his wife, Luz Rosa, was admitted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Mr. McKinney, charged with driving while intoxicated, was in serious condition at Howard County General Hospital, police said.

In South Baltimore, police said an 87-year-old man stepped in front of a truck about 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Light Street. Police were awaiting confirmation of the man's identity last night.

A second city accident occurred just after midnight when a Honda went out of control in the 2200 block of West Forest Park Avenue and hit a car before slamming into a utility pole and tree, killing Tarshell Walker, 20, and Julie Brown, 30, both of the 300 block of Gwynn Avenue.

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