Mother, baby killed in accident Car hit by van near Reisterstown

November 15, 1993|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer Staff writer Donna E. Boller contributed to this article.

An article yesterday on a fatal crash Sunday in Owings Mills included information from police indicating that Ilene Kahn was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident that killed her and her nearly 4-month-old son, Ian. Mrs. Kahn's husband, Michael, says that he removed his wife's seat belt immediately after the accident, before police arrived.

Also, two family members were not listed among Mrs. Kahn's survivors. They are her stepchildren, Lori Kahn, 26, of Baltimore, and Kris Kahn, 21, of Reisterstown.

Ilene C. Kahn liked to say she'd waited 20 years for her husband, Michael, to come along. It was the second marriage for both, and their first within the Jewish faith.

But the couple's time together lasted barely two years.

Yesterday morning, Mrs. Kahn, 38, and the couple's nearly 4-month-old baby boy, Ian, were killed when the family's car was hit broadside by a van on Franklin Boulevard near Reisterstown.

Mr. Kahn, 47, of the 300 block of Timber Grove Road, Reisterstown, was treated at Northwest Hospital Center for cuts and scratches and released.

"One phrase keeps going through my mind," Mr. Kahn said last night. " 'The brightest light snuffed out too soon.' She was just such a tremendously alive, vibrant, forceful, special person."

Police said Ryszard Malaga, the van's driver, and passenger Lech Maziakowski were heading north on Interstate 795 about 9:30 a.m. after working Saturday night. Mr. Malaga, 30, of the 600 block of Glynlee Court and Mr. Maziakowski, 33, of the 400 block of Valley Meadow Circle, both in Reisterstown, are employed by Score Group Inc., a maintenance and custodial service company.

Police said Mr. Malaga lost control of the company-owned van on the exit ramp to eastbound Franklin Boulevard.

It crossed the median strip and hit the side of the Ford Probe that Mr. Kahn was driving west on Franklin Boulevard, police said.

Police said Mr. Malaga was cut over an eye, but declined medical treatment.

Investigators said that the case would be referred to the state's attorney's office for possible charges.

"I saw a truck," Mr. Kahn said. "I thought, 'Gee, I've got lots of time to avoid it.' The thought had barely gone through my mind when it hit."

Mr. Kahn said that paramedics told him there have been similar accidents at that location and that they had been campaigning for some time to have a more substantial barrier installed to protect motorists on Franklin Boulevard from vehicles leaving I-795.

"I've been there, and the ramp is very straight until the end," Mr. Kahn said. "Then there is a hard curve to the right. [The van] must have been coming down the ramp . . . and went out of control."

Baltimore County Police Lt. Minda Foxwell said Mrs. Kahn and the baby were in the back of the car behind the driver when the accident occurred.

"She didn't want to ride in front with me and leave the baby strapped to the [infant] seat in back," Mr. Kahn said. "They had a really special relationship."

The front seat was filled with boxes of teddy bears, which Mrs. Kahn had begun making as a new business. She was taking them to a craft fair at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Randallstown.

"My wife had just decided to start doing this. It was the first [craft show venture]," said Mr. Kahn, who is chief of video services for the federal Health Care Financing Administration.

Because of the boxes, Mr. Kahn said, he could not see by the rear-view mirror whether the baby had been removed from the infant seat before the crash.

"I assume he must have because he was out of it when the car came to a stop," he said.

Lieutenant Foxwell said witnesses reported that the baby was on his mother's lap at the time of the accident.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they could not assess whether Mrs. Kahn and the baby would have survived the accident if she had been wearing a seat belt and the baby had been in the infant seat.

Mr. Kahn said he met his wife on a blind date. "She used to say the first date was the first night, and the second date lasted from then until . . . three or four days before the wedding," when Orthodox Jewish tradition says the bride and groom must be separated.

Mrs. Kahn, a graduate of Forest Park High School, formerly was a secretary in the obstetrics department at Sinai Hospital, and at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Mr. Kahn said. More recently she was an instructor in medical office administration at the Medix School in Towson.

She quit when she and Mr. Kahn married.

"She probably could have been anything in this life she wanted, and she chose to be my wife," he said. "We both wanted children. Both of us had previously married out of the faith. . . .

"She wanted to be a full-time homemaker."

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kahn is survived by her daughter, Liza Hutter, 21, of Reisterstown; her parents, Harold and Emily Lipsitz of Pikesville; a sister, Candye Agostinachio of Deltona, Fla.; a brother, Fred Havelock of Owings Mills; and a stepbrother, Joe Lipsitz of Owings Mills.

Services for Mrs. Kahn and Ian Kahn are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

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