Ellicott City woman is killed, her children are hurt in wreck Separate accident leaves Baltimore man in hospital

September 06, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

An article in Friday's Howard County edition of The Sun gave an inaccurate weight for children required to be restrained in child safety seats. Children weighing less than 40 pounds or younger than age 4 must be restrained.

The Sun regrets the error.

Two separate wrecks in Howard County yesterday morning left an Ellicott City woman dead and her two children in the hospital and a Baltimore man in the hospital as well, police said.

The accidents tied up traffic on two major arteries in the county -- U.S. 29 and Route 32 -- for hours.


Jean Marie Loun, 32, of the 4000 block of Brittany Drive was exiting southbound U.S. 29 to westbound Route 175 in her red Toyota 4-Runner about 8: 20 a.m. when she drove into the grass to the left of the exit ramp, said Cpl. Frederick Von Briesen of the Howard County Police Department.

Loun pulled too hard to the right to get back on the ramp and ran off the right side of the ramp. When she pulled to the left again, the truck flipped over, throwing her out of the vehicle, Von Briesen said. The truck landed upright.

Loun was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore at 2: 37 p.m., police said. Officers on the scene said it appeared Loun was not wearing a seat belt. Her 3-year-old daughter was in the front seat restrained by a lap belt, but the shoulder belt apparently was pulled behind the front seat, Von Briesen said.

Loun's 1-year-old son was strapped in a child safety seat that was incorrectly installed, Von Briesen said. The truck had another safety seat, which also was installed incorrectly, he said.

Both children were taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center and were listed in good condition yesterday, police said.

Maryland law requires that children younger than 4 or weighing less than 60 pounds be restrained in a child safety seat.

Von Briesen said he did not know whether Loun was speeding.

The exit ramp onto Route 175 was closed until late morning, when the accident was cleared.

In the other accident, Duane Anthony Hill, 25, of the 1600 block of Dunnington Circle in Baltimore was injured about 3: 35 a.m. when his Ford Escort crossed the center line of Route 32, south of Linden Church Road near Dayton, Von Briesen said.

Officers gave this account of the accident: The Escort collided head-on with a flatbed truck driven by Skeater Web Grissinger, 29, of the 14000 block of Barkdell Road in Hagerstown. The Escort crossed the southbound lanes, rolled over the guardrail and stopped at the bottom of a 50-foot embankment. The truck crossed the northbound lanes and went partially over the guardrail.

The collision ruptured one of the truck's fuel tanks and 105 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the highway. Route 32 was closed until 8: 21 a.m. while the fuel was cleared, Von Briesen said.

Hill was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday, Von Briesen said. Grissinger was not injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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