Woman, teen die in accidents Baltimore woman, 54, is the city's first traffic fatality of the year.

January 06, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A 54-year-old Baltimore woman and a teen-ager from the Eastern Shore were killed over the weekend in separate traffic accidents, State Police say.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, Erma Blackwell, of the 400 block of Swann Ave., was walking across the 4500 block of Edmondson Ave. against the traffic light with her daughter and granddaughter when she was struck by a 1991 Chevrolet driven by James Fields, 20, of Great Lakes, Ill.

Police said Blackwell was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she died a short time later of multiple injuries.

Her daughter and granddaughter were not injured.

Police said Blackwell was the city's first traffic fatality for this year. No charges were placed against Fields, police said.

In Somerset County, a 15-year-old bicycle rider from Fruitland died Saturday afternoon after being struck by a car while riding on Md. 13 near Princess Anne.

State Police said James Earl Butler Jr. was pedaling his bicycle east on Flower Hill Church Road about 2:30 p.m. when he turned north onto Md. 13 into the path of a northbound Nissan.

Police said the Nissan, driven by Debra Louise Cook, 34, of Phoenixville, Pa., struck the rear of the bike, throwing Butler off.

Butler was taken to Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, where he died of massive head injuries at 9 p.m., police said,

Police said driver error on the part of Butler contributed to the accident and that no charges were placed against Cook.

The deaths brought to three the number of people killed on the state's roadways so far this year, compared with seven at the same time last year, State Police said.

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