Woman, 42, injured in Carroll crash

February 11, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 42-year-old Hampstead woman, whose last 10 years have been filled with traffic tragedies, was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night after an accident on Wesley Road yesterday.

Iris Hand, of the 300 block of Houcksville Road, was driving her Chevrolet Blazer southbound on Wesley Road near Tank Road in Finksburg about 11 a.m. when she failed to negotiate a dangerous curve and lost control, state police said.

Her Blazer crossed the center line of the road, ran down the left shoulder for about 125 feet, came back on the roadway for about 90 feet and swerved to the left again, police said. Then the vehicle ran over an embankment, became airborne, flipped onto its roof, rolled over and came to rest, backward, on its wheels.

Mrs. Hand remained conscious and was able to call Ms. Donna Liberto, a friend who lives near her, on her car phone.

"Call an ambulance, I think I just broke my back," she told her friend.

Ms. Liberto said she got the location of the accident from Mrs. Hand, called 911 and immediately drove to the scene to assist her friend.

Fire and rescue teams from the Reese fire company responded to the accident and had to use a "jaws of life" tool to pry open the twisted passenger door of the Blazer to extricate the victim.

Mrs. Hand was flown to Shock Trauma in a state police MedEvac helicopter after she complained to rescuers of back injuries. She remained conscious throughout the rescue operation, police said.

Ms. Liberto said Mrs. Hand's husband, Charles Hand, Sr., was killed in a motorcycle accident on Nicodemus Road about 10 years ago and her two sons were killed in a car crash just four blocks from her home in July 1990.

The brothers, Shawn Edward Hand, 17, who lived with his mother, and Charles Paul Hand, 22, of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road, were coming home after their work at a construction site was rained out. State police said Shawn Hand was driving a Volkswagen Rabbit north on Houcksville Road when he lost control at a curve on the wet road, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

Both brothers were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, Albert Milton Cooper, 64, also of Houcksville Road, suffered minor injuries.

In addition, Ms. Liberto said, Mrs. Hand was critically injured about five years ago when her car was struck head on by a 17-year-old driver on Black Rock Road as she returned home after an emergency at a Cockeysville animal hospital where she worked.

Mrs. Hand remained at Shock Trauma for several weeks, then was transferred to the Maryland Rehabilitation Center for two months from the earlier crash.

Mrs. Hand still has a steel plate in one of her legs, Ms. Liberto said.

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