Three injured in traffic accident involving car stolen 2 years -- ago

November 01, 1992|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old Owings Mills woman was seriously injured yesterday morning when she lost control of an allegedly stolen car and it crashed into a Maryland State Police cruiser stopped on a median for another accident. A trooper and another woman also were injured.

Stephanie Ann Hale, of the first block of Woodthorne Court, was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the accident at 11 a.m. on the northbound lanes of Interstate 795 a quarter-mile north of Interstate 695, state police reported.

Ms. Hale was in serious but stable condition late yesterday, said state police 1st Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning of the Golden Ring Barrack.

Treated at Baltimore County General Hospital and released were Trooper Gamel Cushmeer Spencer, 24, of Golden Ring Barrack, and Shirley Mae Deemer, the driver of a vehicle involved in the earlier accident that Trooper Spencer was investigating, Lieutenant Tregoning said.

A check on the registration of the Blazer showed that it had been reported stolen in Baltimore on Dec. 4, 1990. Lieutenant Tregoning said it was unclear how Ms. Hale came to be driving the vehicle.

Lieutenant Tregoning gave the following account of the accident, in which one state police cruiser was demolished and a second was damaged:

The two marked police cruisers were stopped on the median of I-795 just north of I-695, where troopers were investigating a minor accident when Ms. Hale lost control of a 1989 Chevrolet Blazer she was driving and slammed into a concrete safety barrier on the median.

The Blazer bounced off the barrier, became airborne and crashed down atop the rear of one of the police cruisers.

The impact then drove the first police car into the rear of the second cruiser, which was occupied by Trooper Spencer and Ms. Deemer.

Lieutenant Tregoning said Ms. Hale was apparently driving too fast for roadway conditions when the accident occurred. At the time, the roadway was wet, he said.

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