Five die in Maryland in accidents driver sought in hit-and-run 1 teen killed, 3 injured when car hits tree.

February 17, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Five people were killed in traffic accidents over the weekend, including a 16-year-old Towson resident who died of injuries he received when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree last night.

Baltimore County police said the Towson youth, Eric Wallen 3rd, of the first block of Cedar Ave., was a passenger in a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro driven by James Lankford, 18, of the first block of Fellowship Court in Towson. Police said Lankford was driving east at high speed in the 2700 block of Taylor Ave. about 8:30 p.m. when he lost control of the car on a curve and struck the curb.

The car skidded for 200 feet before it crashed sideways into a tree at Oak Avenue, police said.

Eric Wallen, in the front passenger seat, caught the full impact of the tree and died less than two hours later at Franklin Square Hospital of massive injuries. Police said he was wearing a seat belt.

Mr. Lankford was taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries and released yesterday, police said.

Two passengers in the back seat, Nicole Fields, 16, of the 800 block of Fairway Drive in Towson, and Lisa Renz, 16, of the 500 block of Hilltop Drive in Lutherville, were injured.

Police said Ms. Renz was admitted to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was in serious condition.

Ms. Fields was taken by a friend to University, police said. Her condition was not known.

Police said traffic charges were pending.

In a hit-and-run accident in the city, George Bittner, of the 7900 block of Bon Air in Hillendale, was crossing the 6100 block of Harford Road shortly after 9 p.m. Friday when he was hit by northbound late-model beige Toyota driven by a woman with brown or sandy-colored hair, police said.

The impact threw Mr. Bittner onto the hood, and the car continued about 100 feet before spinning around, throwing Mr. Bittner off.

The car sped away, police said. A witness followed the car to Glenmore Avenue, but lost it when it ran a red light.

Mr. Bittner died Saturday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Police said the Toyota's windshield should be shattered and the car's hood and grille damaged.

Anyone having information about the car or its driver should call police at 396-2606.

A second fatal accident in the city claimed the life of Arthur Cole, 28, of the 2800 block of Clifton Ave.

Police said Mr. Cole was westbound in a 1991 Toyota 4-Runner in the 2200 block of W. North Ave. around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control of the vehicle. The 4-Runner flipped over several times, and Mr. Cole, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown through the sun roof. He died of head injuries three hours later at University.

In Harford County, excessive speed was blamed for a one-car crash Friday night on Md. 136 in Churchville that fatally injured two Edgewood teen-agers.

Chad David Sullivan, 17, of the 600 block of Wayne Leaf Court, was driving a 1985 Chrysler Laser south on Md. 136 shortly before midnight when it went out of control on a curve, crossed the road and crashed into a pole, State Police said.

A passenger, Kimberly Ann Lester, 15, of the 2300 block of Perry Ave., died at the scene, police said.

Chad Sullivan died at Shock-Trauma shortly before noon Saturday, police said.

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