Glenelg teacher, 24, dies after accident Her car hit by pickup as she was going home

April 13, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old special education teacher from Glenelg High School died last week of injuries received in a car accident that happened just after she left school for the day, Howard County police said.

Police said Tricia Ann Rayeski was fatally injured Thursday at the intersection of Route 32 and Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville when her car was hit by a pickup truck.

"Trish was a very talented, very energetic teacher, and her students loved her a lot," Linda Wise, the school's assistant vice principal, said. "She made many, many contributions to our school. This is a real loss.

"We'll just try to come together and take it one day at a time," she said.

According to a report, the accident occurred at 2: 50 p.m. Thursday when a 1986 Ford Ranger pickup truck hit Rayeski's 1993 Chevrolet Beretta as she was trying to make a left turn from Ten Oaks onto northbound Route 32.

Rayeski, who lived in the 8700 block of Autumn Hill Drive in Ellicott City, was on her way home from school when the accident happened, according to Wise. The intersection is about a mile from the school.

The driver of the pickup, identified by police as Glenn Albert Short, 31, of the 2600 block of Flora Corner Road, was traveling south on Route 32 and struck Rayeski's Chevrolet on the driver's side.

A preliminary police investigation found that Rayeski failed to yield the right of way to approaching traffic.

She was taken to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center where she died at 1: 10 a.m. Friday as a result of massive internal injuries, police said.

The driver of the pickup and two passengers, identified as Raymond Butler, 50, and Joseph L. Butler, 55, both of Chaptico, were treated at Howard County General Hospital and released.

Wise said the students and faculty grieved Friday for Rayeski, who had been on the staff for two years.

Wise said that counseling for the students would be available and that the faculty has established a memorial committee.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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