4 traffic deaths push state toll to 627 Victims include infant and pregnant woman

November 23, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Four people, including an elderly pedestrian in South Baltimore, a pregnant woman and an infant, were killed yesterday in two accidents in the city and two others in Anne Arundel County.

Police said the elderly man -- believed to be an 87-year-old resident of Ramsey Street -- stepped into the path of a truck just before 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Light Street. The victim's injuries were so severe that police were waiting for fingerprint confirmation of his identity.

Officer Gary D. Starkey of the Traffic Investigation Unit said pedestrian error was the cause of the accident, and no charge was lodged against the driver of the 1987 Freightliner truck, Charles Moore, 45, of Laurel.

The other city accident occurred just after midnight when a 1983 Honda Accord went out of control rounding a curve in the 2200 block of West Forest Park Avenue and struck a car before slamming into a utility pole and tree, said Cpl. William B. Bokel of the state police.

Two passengers in the Honda, Tarshell Walker, 20, and Julie Brown, 30, both of the 300 block of Gwynn Avenue, were dead at the scene. Ms. Walker was eight months' pregnant, according to the police.

The driver of the Honda, Khalid Muhammad, 19, of the 3700 block of Grantley Road, was injured, as was the driver of the other car, a 1988 Yugo, Cedric Davis, 34, of Washington. Police said speed and driver error were contributing factors in the crash.

In Anne Arundel County, Gillen Clifford McKinney, 40, of the 7900 block of Crowns Way in Glen Burnie, was driving a 1985 Chevrolet van east on Annapolis Road near Rae Road in Jessup shortly after noon when he tried to pass a car using the right shoulder, according to witness accounts.

When Mr. McKinney, an employee of the state prison system, tried to pull back into the traffic lane, he steered across the center line and ran into a 1988 Honda driven by U.S. Army Sgt. Osvaldo Rosa, 29, of the 4600 block of White Acre Road in Columbia.

Sergeant Rosa was dead on arrival at North Arundel Hospital. His wife, Luz Rosa, was admitted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Mr. McKinney, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, was in serious condition at Howard County General Hospital, the police said.

The other Anne Arundel accident killed a 7-month-old baby and injured her mother and three sisters.

Police said Nancy Lee Akers, 30, of Annapolis, was driving a 1984 Dodge sedan north on Solomons Island Road when the sedan drifted to the left and hit a concrete median barrier. The car rode up and straddled the median and was engulfed in flames when the gas tank ruptured.

A daughter of the driver, Kristie Akers, 7 months old, died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police said she had suffered extensive burns.

Mrs. Akers and Deanna Akers, 3, were listed in critical condition at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center. The other girls, Mary Akers, 2, and Melissa Akers, 9, were released after treatment at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The police said they did not know what caused the car to drift and strike the median.

The accidents bring to 627 the number of people killed on Maryland roads this year, 32 fewer than at the same time in 1990, state police said.

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