16-year-old Hereford High student killed in crash on way to new job

November 17, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Speed and driver error were factors in the death of a 16-year-old Hereford High School student whose car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig on Mount Carmel Road on Friday afternoon, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Truck driver Charles Mielke Sr., 54, said that he was slowing down because of a cow that appeared to be wandering into the road and that the driver behind him did not notice in time, according to police.

Police said road marks indicated that Tyler Clayton Emerick of 5000 block of Mount Carmel Road veered to the left and then the right as he tried unsuccessfully to avoid the truck. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 5: 04 p.m. Friday, about an hour after the accident.

Mielke, who lives in the 4900 block of Trenton Mills Road, was not injured.

Neighbors said Emerick was on his way to Graul's Supermarket in Hereford, where he had begun working as a clerk the day before. He was driving a 1996 Honda Civic given to him by his parents as a birthday present in August.

Emerick -- a sophomore who had two older sisters -- was described as an energetic teen-ager with a good sense of humor who enjoyed watercolor painting and drawing in his spare time.

"Tyler was very artistic and very talented with his artwork," said neighbor Brenda Benson, 47. "He had a great sense of humor; he had an easygoing personality that made him like the typical boy next-door.

"He'd come over and go bowling with us, play board games or just hang out and joke around. He wasn't into drugs or any kind of trouble. He was a good, clean-cut kid who liked to have a good time."

Benson, who was Emerick's nursery school teacher, said Emerick and her daughter grew up together, and often drew pictures and made paper-box houses in her family room.

"One day I remember I came home and saw him sitting out in his yard painting the country landscape," she said. "It was a precious sight I won't forget."

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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