Charge driver in accident, police urge

September 06, 1995|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer

Police have delivered a report to prosecutors recommending traffic charges against a Baltimore County man in the July 20 crash that killed five members of an extended family in Woodlawn, the lead investigator in the case said yesterday.

The police report recommends that Raymond Charles Haney be charged with speeding, improper passing and negligent driving, said Officer Patrick H. Zito.

The report did not address whether criminal charges such as man slaughter should be pursued.

Prosecutors said yesterday that they have not made a decision on that matter.

Mr. Haney, 32, who has an address in Owings Mills but was said by neighbors to be living with his girlfriend in Woodlawn, has said he was cut off by another car, according to police.

The driver's lawyer has said he doesn't know whether Mr. Haney was speeding but that he was "in the flow of traffic" and "not a lone car barreling down the road" at the time of the accident.

Authorities said Mr. Haney, 32, was driving a red 1988 Mazda MX6 north on Woodlawn Drive when the car struck a Chevrolet Camaro and ran off the road into a bus stop near the Social Security Administration complex.

Killed were Kim Linair Dorsey, 25; her daughters Keisha, 7, and Chanel, 3; her niece, Jazmin Little, 5, and her nephew, Darrian Hough, 8.

Their deaths were mourned by friends and strangers alike, prompting many to visit the accident scene to leave flowers and other mementos.

Although the police report gives no exact estimate of how fast Mr. Haney was driving, investigators found no reason to discredit witness accounts that he was driving about 50 mph before the pedestrians were struck, Officer Zito said.

The speed limit near the scene is 30 mph.

Officer Zito said a reconstruction of the accident also verified witness accounts that Mr. Haney's car hit another car, veered to the right and jumped over a curb before plowing through the bus stop.

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