Woman critically injured in Odenton car crash

February 13, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Washington woman was critically injured in Odenton Sunday when her car was hit by two others, and she was thrown 65 feet to the side of the road, county police said.

Veronica P. Womack, 26, of the 100 block O St., was in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was taken after the accident.

Police said Ms. Womack was eastbound on Commodore Drive in her 1993 Honda Civic shortly after 5 p.m. and was crossing Charter Oaks Boulevard when her car was struck by a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Leroy Russell Rivers III, who was northbound on Charter Oaks Boulevard.

The impact sent the Civic in a clockwise spin, and Ms. Womack, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown 65 feet into the grass next to the roadway, police said.

The second car, a 1995 Ford Mustang that was northbound on Charter Oaks, sideswiped the front end of the Civic. Both the Trans Am and the Mustang, driven by Howard Clark Hayes III, skidded about 200 feet from the impact. The Mustang leveled a street light support post before it came to a stop, police said.

Mr. Rivers, 19, and his sister, Rebecca Anne Rivers, 16, both of the 8300 block of Jacobs Road in Severn, were treated for minor injuries at North Arundel Hospital.

Mr. Hayes, 25, of the 2200 block of Commissary Circle, wasn't hurt.

It is unclear who had the right of way at the intersection, and charges against the at-fault driver are pending an investigation, police said.

Officers did not find signs of drugs or alcohol at the accident scene, but they believe speed was a factor, a police report said.

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