Driver in crash that killed boy had been drinking, police say

February 13, 1996

Alcohol was a factor in the Feb. 2 accident on Route 198 that killed a 16-month-old boy, county police said.

Roderick Thurston Ford, 26, of the 7200 block of Hilton St. in Seat Pleasant, was the driver of the 1987 Ford Aerostar that night. He had been drinking and only had a learner's permit, police said. He has not been charged, pending a routine review of the investigation by the state's attorney's office.

The child, Michael Gerard Anderson, of the 14600 block of Shiloh Court in Laurel, was sitting on his sister's lap at the time of the

accident. He was partially thrown from the van as it spun out of control on the snow-covered road, police said.

His mother, Theresa Marie Anderson, 33, of the Shiloh Court address, told her daughter to take the boy out of his child safety seat before the accident, police said.

Ms. Anderson originally reported to police that she was the driver in the minivan, but the next day a witness told police she saw a man driving. When police interviewed Mr. Ford and Ms. Anderson again, they both admitted he was the driver, police said.

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