Stevensville woman killed in 3-vehicle accident 3 others injured on Ritchie Highway

April 11, 1997|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

A Stevensville woman died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of head injuries suffered in a three-car pileup Wednesday on Ritchie Highway in Pasadena as she was on her way to pick up a wedding dress for her niece.

The victim, Theresa D. Nicolazzo, 36, of the 800 block of Marion Quimby Drive, her sister, her niece and her brother-in-law were in a Mitsubishi Mirage that had stopped behind a GMC Sierra at a signal at Hamburg Street about 5: 20 p.m., county police said.

A Chevrolet pickup being driven north by John T. Fetters, 56, of the first block of Emerson Road in Severna Park hit the back of the Mirage, pushing it into the Sierra, police said.

"We were headed to Robinson's Bridal Shop in Glen Burnie," said Samuel J. Coco, 47, who was driving the Mirage. "We were coming up to a red light, and we slowed up to 10 to 15 miles an hour, and I looked into my rear view, and I saw this guy changing lanes at 55 to 60, and he never stopped."

Coco was treated at North Arundel Hospital for cuts on his head and released, a hospital spokesman said. His wife, Dolores Coco, 39, was in serious but stable condition yesterday at the Shock Trauma Center. His daughter, Mary Whipkey, 21, whose wedding will be April 19, also was treated at North Arundel and released.

Fetters and the driver of the Sierra, Richard J. Mankiewicz, 52, of the 300 block of Community Road in Severna Park, were not injured, police said.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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