3-car crash kills man, injures woman Police think sideswipe led to Beltway accident

August 23, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Police are untangling the details of a three-car accident on the Baltimore Beltway Wednesday evening that killed a Baltimore man and seriously injured a woman.

Charles Louis Heil, 56, of the 6900 block of Alter St. was trapped in his 1991 Toyota and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Ethel Barbour, 47, of Baltimore was in serious condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was flown after the accident.

Police think Michelle Zunt, 27, of Baltimore and Barbour were eastbound on the Beltway shortly before 5 p.m. when their cars sideswiped.

The collision caused Barbour's 1994 Mercury to slide across 40 to 50 feet of flat, grassy median and into westbound traffic, where it struck Heil's Toyota head-on. Barbour, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from her car onto the road, police said.

The Toyota flipped at least once and came to rest on the right shoulder in a ravine.

The inner loop was closed for nearly three hours after the accident, state police said.

Troopers at the Glen Burnie barracks and members of the state police crash team are investigating. They have not determined who was at fault, and no one has been charged. The investigators said they do not believe alcohol, drugs, or speed were factors in the collision.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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