Driver killed as she swerves to avoid debris on Route 216, hits wall

November 28, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A 45-year-old Laurel woman was killed when she swerved her car away from debris on Route 216 Sunday and hit a concrete wall, Howard County police said.

Shirley Jean Jenkins of the 10000 block of Johns Hopkins Road was pronounced dead at the accident scene, near the Interstate 95 overpass. She was not wearing a seat belt, said Pfc. Owen Smith, a traffic investigator.

Ms. Jenkins was driving a 1989 BMW east in the right lane of Scaggsville Road about 3:47 p.m. when she steered the car to a left-hand lane to avoid hitting part of a lawn mower on the road, Private Smith said.

She lost control of the car, hit the left shoulder of the road and struck a concrete wall.

Ms. Jenkins was partially thrown from the car and was killed when she hit a pole and fence on top of the concrete wall, Officer Smith said.

No other cars were involved in the accident, police said.

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