Girl dies when baby-sitter's car hits another in rain

May 05, 1994|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Sun Staff Writer

A girl in the care of a baby-sitter while her parents were away on vacation was killed yesterday in a traffic accident on a rain-slicked road north of White Marsh in Baltimore County, police said.

Police declined to identify the victim last night, because her parents had not returned home.

Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger, police spokesman, said the child, about 6 or 7 years old, was dead on arrival at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Three other people were hurt in the 11 a.m. accident on Philadelphia Road at Allender Road.

Police said the baby-sitter, Frances Preisinger, 43, of Rosedale, was driving her 1991 Pontiac 6000 south about 11 a.m. when she attempted to turn left onto Allender Road. Police said she drove into the path of a northbound car.

Ms. Preisinger and her daughter, identified as Katie Marie Fuller, 7, were in the front seat and the other girl was in the back. Ms. Preisinger was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the girls were taken to the Hopkins Children's Center.

Ms. Preisinger and Katie were listed in critical condition last night.

"No one was wearing a seat belt in the car," said Battalion Chief Patrick Kelly, a county Fire Department spokesman.

The driver of the northbound car, Naomi Wilcox, 41, of the first block of Insley Way in Fullerton, suffered damage to her knee and lung. She was listed in satisfactory condition at Johns bTC Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center.

Sergeant Doarnberger said the case would be turned over to the state's attorney's office to determine if charges would be filed.

In another accident yesterday, a 26-year-old Arbutus woman was injured critically when her car swerved over the center line and collided head-on with a Mass Transit Administration bus in the 4300 block of Hollins Ferry Road.

The victim, Kelly Heffler of the 1000 block of Downton Road, had complained of dizziness at work and was on her way home about 9 a.m. when she apparently lost control of her 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass and swerved in front of the bus, said Officer Roy Jarrell, an investigator with the Western Traffic Unit.

Ms. Heffler was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokesman said.

The driver of the bus and four passengers sustained minor injuries, Officer Jarrell said.

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