Toddler and woman are killed in separate weekend accidents

November 02, 1992

Automobile accidents claimed two lives yesterday morning, including a 2-year-old Montgomery County girl who died from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday evening in Wheaton.

The toddler, Amber Kim, was pronounced dead about 3:28 a.m. by doctors at Children's Hospital Center in Washington, where she was taken following the accident, in which several other people were injured, Montgomery County police said.

Amber was sitting in the back seat of an Oldsmobile that was struck about 7 p.m. Saturday when the driver failed to yield while turning from Bel Pre Road onto Weeping Willow Drive, police said.

The child was not in a safety seat, police said.

The Oldsmobile, driven by Esther Oh of Silver Spring, was hit broadside by a Jeep Cherokee operated by Jeremie Sterlin of Rockville. The other occupants of the Oldsmobile, which were not identified in a police report, were seriously injured. Mr. Sterlin, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured.

Police said charges are pending.

The second accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. in Capitol Heights, when the driver of a taxi heading east in the 6400 block of Central Ave. lost control, causing the 1984 Plymouth to jump an island and go into the westbound lane.

Prince George's County police said the cab, driven by Melvin Bernard Johnson, 40, of Capitol Heights, hit a 1980 Mercury Capri head on.

A passenger in the Capri, Evelyn Rebecca Morris, 39, of the 5100 block of Deal Drive, Oxon Hill, was killed in the crash.

The driver, Jermaine Taybron, 29, of the 3300 block of Curtis Drive, Suitland, and another passenger, David Gilbert Gatewood, 28, of the 6200 block of Drylog St., Seat Pleasant, were listed in serious condition last night at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The cab driver, Mr. Johnson, who lives in the 1100 block of Mentor Ave., also was listed in serious condition at the Cheverly hospital. He works for the Silver Cab company based in Capitol Heights, police said.

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