3 women killed in car crash

October 01, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

Three women were killed yesterday in a collision on one of the metropolitan area's busiest roads, after an 84-year-old woman drove her speeding car into the opposite lane, Baltimore County police said.

The accident occurred about 3:40 p.m. on Liberty Road near the Beltway. Police said Flossie Thompson Green of the 7500 block of Digby Road in the Milford section was driving west and crossed into the eastbound lane.

Witnesses reported that Mrs. Green's car was traveling faster than 80 mph, although that has yet to be confirmed, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a county police spokesman. Police specialists were reconstructing the accident last night.

"We'll be able to find out how fast they were going. But to find out why they were driving like that, we may never know," the sergeant said.

Mrs. Green's car, a 1991 Geo Prizm, collided with a Honda Civic driven by Debra Gough Woodruff, 41, of the first block of Seminary Farm Road in Lutherville. The crash happened near the intersection with Croydon Road as Mrs. Green was heading for the Beltway.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Mrs. Green's passenger, her daughter Pearl G. Curtis, 66, also was killed, police said.

A passenger in Ms. Woodruff's car, Rosalind Spellman, 43, of the 4400 block of Main Ave. in the Catonsville area was critically injured and airlifted to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She was listed in serious condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Ms. Spellman was trapped in the Honda and a "Jaws of Life" vehicle had to be brought to the scene to rescue her.

Sergeant Doarnberger said traffic investigators received a report from a motorist on Liberty Road that his car had been sideswiped by Mrs. Green's car moments before the fatal collision. They planned to interview the motorist to determine what role, if any, the earlier accident played in the fatal collision.

Rush-hour traffic was backed up as more than a dozen police cars and trucks went to the scene. The eastbound lanes of Liberty Road were closed, and all but one of the westbound lanes was shut down as police rerouted traffic until about 7 p.m.

The area of Liberty Road where the accident occurred is one of the heaviest-traveled roads in the Baltimore area and long has been a concern to neighborhood residents.

Eileen O'Neil, vice president of the Milford Mill Improvement Association, said that yesterday's tragedy "is indicative of the potential for serious accidents" and that she hoped county officials would try to come up with ways to reduce congestion on the roadway.

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