Victims of accident identified 2 mothers, their 4 children were in auto that crashed, killing two in Towson

July 29, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police have identified the adult and child who were killed when a car they were riding in struck a tree Saturday morning on a residential street in Towson.

Tasha Forrest, 23, of the first block of Solar Circle in Towson and her daughter, Latasha, 2, were pronounced dead at the scene on Hillen Road near Goucher Boulevard, police said.

Four other occupants were taken to area hospitals. The driver, Elana Gladden, 23, of the 7200 block of Oak Haven Circle in Woodlawn was in critical condition with chest injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Her children, Dacia, 4, and Daniel, 3, were in good condition.

Tasha Forrest's other child, Tyree, 3, is in good condition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The accident happened shortly after 8 a.m., when a 1985 Ford Thunderbird descending a hill southbound on Hillen Road slammed into a birch tree.

Officer Frederick Denker, who is investigating the incident, said the women were friends and co-workers at St. Elizabeth Home for Nursing Care in South Baltimore.

He said the Forrest family was helping the Gladden family move to an apartment in the 1100 block of Tace Drive in Middle River.

Denker said that the cause of the accident has not been determined, but he noted that the car floor was littered with food wrappers and drink containers from a nearby fast-food restaurant.

"The best we can surmise is that the adults were distracted by the children," Denker said. "We don't suspect alcohol or any other substance."

Denker said the injuries could have been less severe if the adults had worn seat belts and the children had been in child-safety seats.

"I say the child in the back seat would have survived," he said. "I believe the person in the front seat would've suffered injuries, but I don't think she would've died."

Pub Date: 7/29/96

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