Accidents injure three, including girl, 5

June 21, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

Howard County police are investigating two serious accidents on SundayJ, which sent three people by helicopter to medical facilities in Baltimore.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, a Montgomery County man was seriously injured when another driver failed to stop at a flashing stop signal at Maryland Route 144 and Route 97 in Cooksville.

Robert Michael Haney, 35, of the 3000 block of Holiday Drive in Brookeville, was listed in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, where he was being treated for head, neck and back injuries.

The other driver, Ronald Campbell, 28, of the 6100 block of Downs Avenue in Elkridge, was discharged from the center Sunday morning.

Both had been flown to Shock Trauma by helicopter.

Police said that Mr. Campbell's Ford Bronco, heading east on Route 144, is believed to have struck Mr. Haney's Pontiac LeMans, which was traveling south on Route 94.

Charges are pending against Mr. Campbell.

Later that day, at about 1 p.m., a 5-year-old girl was tossed from a Toyota Cressida when her father lost control of the vehicle while entering westbound Brokenland Parkway from the northbound U.S. Route 29 ramp. The car careened across the roadway onto a grassy median and into a guardrail, ejecting the girl.

The driver, Frenel Gilson, 47, of the 3900 block of 58th Ave. in Cheverly, was taken by ambulance to the Laurel Regional Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released Sunday.

His daughter was flown to the Johns Hopkins Childrens' Hospital, where she was treated and released yesterday.

According to police, Mr. Gilson said his steering wheel began to come out of place just before the accident. Police are continuing the investigation to determine whether speed was a factor and whether the girl was wearing a seat belt.

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