Teen dies as police cruiser hits car

January 02, 1995|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Sun Staff Writer

A Randallstown teen-ager was killed and a Baltimore police officer injured early yesterday when the officer's patrol vehicle hit another car at Orleans and Caroline streets, city police said.

Valerie Lynette Taylor, 18, of the 4100 block of Springsleigh Road was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital shortly after the 2:20 a.m. accident, said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a city police spokesman.

Officer Keith Devoe, 21, who has been with the department 20 months, suffered a broken leg and head injuries and was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Officer Weinhold said. Hospital officials said he was released yesterday.

A 12-year-old passenger in Ms. Taylor's car, Laurie M. Taylor, also of the 4100 block of Springsleigh Road, suffered facial injuries and was in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, officials said.

Members of the dead woman's family declined to talk with reporters yesterday.

The driver of a third car, Rosalee V. Miller, 34, of Elmley Street in Baltimore, suffered knee injuries. She was taken to Church Hospital. Hospital officials did not respond yesterday to inquiries about her condition.

According to a police account of the accident, Officer Devoe, of the Eastern District, had his cruiser lights and sirens on as he drove west in the 1400 block of Orleans Street to assist another officer. He had not been assigned to aid the other officer, but had heard the call over the radio and decided to help, investigators said.

Ms. Taylor was driving south on Caroline Street when Officer Devoe's Ford Taurus struck her 1989 Hyundai broadside at Orleans and Caroline streets, Officer Weinhold said.

Ms. Taylor's car then spun around and hit a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by Ms. Miller, who was stopped in the left turn lane on Orleans Street, Officer Weinhold said.

He said the investigation is continuing.

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