Adult and child killed, four others hurt as car hits tree in Towson Investigators unsure why vehicle left road

July 28, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

A car carrying six people slammed into a tree yesterday morning on a Towson residential street, killing an adult and a child and sending four other people to area hospitals, Baltimore County police said.

nTC The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m., as a Ford Thunderbird was going down a hill south on Hillen Road approaching heavily traveled Goucher Boulevard, near Calvert Hall College. The car veered off the right side of the road, clipped bushes and crashed head-on into a birch tree.

None of the victims has been identified.

Accident investigators said it was unclear why the car left the road.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Two others, another adult and a child, were flown by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two children were taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Their conditions were not available.

Chris Marchand, 24, was sleeping in the basement in his parents' house when the accident happened in the front yard. He was awakened by frantic pounding on the front door by an air-conditioning repairman who saw the accident and was trying to rouse the occupants of the house to call 911.

"There's not even any skid marks out there," Marchand said. "It hit [the tree] straight on."

Cars frequently speed down the hill, and accidents on the street are not uncommon, he said. Police officers often set speed traps at the bottom of the hill.

In a bizarre twist, as police and other rescue workers were responding to the accident scene with lights and sirens, a 15-year-old boy suspected of stealing a Dodge Caravan minivan apparently thought they were pursuing him.

The youth, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, stopped the minivan near the accident scene and ran.

Police caught the youth and arrested him, police said.

Yesterday afternoon, after Hillen Road was open again to traffic, there was almost no sign of the accident.

The mangled bark of the birch tree was only slightly visible. At the tree's base, someone had left a bouquet of flowers -- carnations and daisies in hues of red, pink, purple and yellow.

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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