Woman charged in 22-car pileup in Feb. on I-195

July 25, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A Silver Spring woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving in connection with a 22-car pileup on Interstate 195 in February that left one man dead and 11 people injured.

Terryn Jean Barker, 43, of the 2100 block of Luzerne Ave. was arrested Sunday at her home and taken to a state police barracks. She was released on her promise to appear in court.

She also was charged with driving an uninsured vehicle; an insurance company canceled her coverage when it discovered that she had falsified information on the application, state police said.

Ms. Barker, who moved to Maryland shortly before the accident, had her California license suspended because she was involved in a number of accidents, according to Annapolis District Court records.

Initially, state police said poor road conditions caused by freezing rain caused the Feb. 26 accident that closed I-195 for more than four hours. However, interviews with witnesses and ++ Ms. Barker led to the filing of charges.

Ms. Barker told police in a recent written statement that she drank two beers at the Cancun Cantina in the 7500 block of Old Telegraph Road in Hanover.

Police said that she left the club and drove north on Aviation Boulevard to I-195 west.

DTC As she approached the Baltimore-Washington Parkway interchange about 10:30 p.m., Ms. Barker lost control of her car, hit two roadside barriers and struck a car, triggering a chain reaction that involved 21 other cars, police said.

Signus Orn Sigfusson, 63, of the 10000 block of Bloomingdale Drive in Rockville died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore several hours after the accident.

James Greenberg, 24, of Bethesda suffered permanent injuries after he jumped from an overpass to avoid being hit by an out-of-control car and fell 52 feet to a marshy area near Amtrak railroad tracks.

Seven other people were hospitalized for injuries suffered in the crash.

Charging documents said a Derwood woman told police that she smelled beer on Ms. Barker's breath and overheard her say she was worried about police finding out she had been drinking.

Police said the size and severity of the accident prevented them from administering a Breathalyzer test to Ms. Barker.

Trooper Lawrence Johnson reviewed the case with Assistant State's Attorney William Roessler, who recommended the charges.

The maximum penalty for driving under the influence is two months in jail or a $500 fine.

The maximum penalty for driving uninsured is a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.

The negligent driving charge carries a $105 fine.

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