3 dead, 3 hurt in separate accidents

November 28, 1993|By Staff report

Three people died and three others were injured yesterday in three separate accidents, two of which occurred less than a half-hour apart in Baltimore County.

Kristin Dintelman, 20, of Elkridge was killed instantly when the truck in which she was a passenger careened off Washington Boulevard near Elkridge at 2:17 a.m. and crashed into a concrete pillar supporting Interstate 195, police said.

The truck's driver, Scott E. Carlin, 20, of Gaithersburg was treated at St. Agnes Hospital and released. He was charged with drunken driving, based on the strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said.

Police said Mr. Carlin's 1990 Ford Bronco left the roadway and careened down the Washington Boulevard median strip before hitting a guardrail, becoming airborne and crashing into the pillar.

Mary Jean Parrott, Ms. Dintelman's mother, yesterday remembered her daughter, who turned 20 Nov. 13, as "always smiling, always there."

Ms. Dintelman, a Howard High School graduate, began classes this year at Towson State University after transferring from Catonsville Community College.

In the other Baltimore County accident, Matthew Brooks, 23, was killed in a head-on crash on Old York Road near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border at 1:49 a.m., Officer Kevin Strack said.

Mr. Brooks was a passenger in a 1980 Subaru station wagon, driven by his wife, Diane Brooks, 23, that was weaving across Old York Road near Lentz Road, Officer Strack said.

After crossing the center line several times, the car hit a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Sean Flaherty, 28, of York, Pa. Officer Strack said Mr. Flaherty told police that he tried to avoid the crash by veering left but that the Subaru also moved that way and hit him head-on.

Mrs. Brooks was listed in critical condition at York Hospital. Mr. Flaherty, also being treated there, was moved from intensive care to a transitional room yesterday, a nursing supervisor said.

Officer Strack said Mrs. Brooks smelled of alcohol when he arrived at the accident site. No charges have been filed.

No permanent address was given for Mr. and Mrs. Brooks, but Mr. Brooks had family in White Hall.

The third accident occurred about 2:50 p.m. near Silver Run in Carroll County. A man driving a 1988 Lincoln Town Car drove off northbound Route 97 near Mayberry Road and hit a tree.

State police said the car, driven by Elvin R. Helsel, 67, of Camp Hill, Pa., crossed the southbound lanes for an unknown reason and crashed head-on into a tree.

Mr. Helsel, who was alone in the car, was declared dead at the scene.

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