Kim Boyce was grabbing key chains and other items promoting a draft beer from the back of a parked station wagon in Canton Wednesday night. In a crashing instant, the newly hired "Cold Patrol Girl" was pinned against the vehicle by another car, with her right leg crushed.
Ms. Boyce, 21, of the first block of Kenlawn Court in the Colony Apartments in Towson, was in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after part of her right leg was amputated.
The driver of the car that hit Miss Boyce in the 2300 block of Boston St. has been charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Police said Brian Yeager, 21, of the 6800 block of Dunbar Road in Dundalk, the driver of the Volkswagen that hit the station wagon, failed a field sobriety test minutes after the accident.
Mr. Yeager was being held at the Central District lockup pending a bail hearing.
Maureen Ambrose, a co-worker who had met Ms. Boyce only two hours earlier, spoke yesterday about how drinking and driving can darken lives.
"I want people to see this story. I want people to know that you can't drink and drive," said Ms. Ambrose, who, like Miss Boyce, was one of Bond Distributing Co.'s "Cold Patrol Girls."
Ms. Ambrose, 27, of the 5500 block of Link Ave., Fullerton, was standing near Ms. Boyce. She was not struck.
Ms. Boyce, a student at Towson State University, had been working for Bond, a major beer distributor based in southwest Baltimore, for about a week, said sales manager Vernon F. Plack.
For the past month, the Cold Patrol Girls, dressed in shorts and T-shirts, have been visiting local bars to hand out promotional materials for a beer product.
"It was a freak accident," Mr. Plack said. "I just wish [the women] were sitting in the car. Perhaps no one would have been seriously injured."
Police said the accident occurred about 8:35 p.m. as Ms. Boyce, Ms. Ambrose and Lynne Garton, 26, a Bond sales supervisor, were standing outside the Boston Street Cafe.
A witness told police that an eastbound 1988 Volkswagen headed toward the station wagon and struck the victims. Ms. Ambrose said she thought the driver applied his brakes before the collision.
Ms. Garton, a resident of the 800 block of Mangold St. in South Baltimore, was knocked to one side of the station wagon and slightly injured. She was treated for bruises, police said.