Drinking By Bus Victim Reported

Driver Was Beaten By Bystanders After Woman Was Killed

April 27, 1997|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A friend of Ka-ree D. Fayall said she and Fayall had been drinking vodka for a few hours Friday afternoon before Fayall was run over and killed by a bus in an East Baltimore accident that spurred infuriated bystanders to beat the bus driver.

The driver, Emilio Angelini, 53, was released from Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday morning and is recovering at home from head, neck, nose and ear injuries.

Police were investigating the accident, in which the woman reportedly fell under a wheel as she ran after the bus, and the assault on the bus driver. Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said no arrests had been made yesterday.

Fayall's boyfriend, who lives near East Fayette and Rose streets, where the accident occurred, is one of the suspects, she said.

"It was a large, angry crowd that beat a man up," Cooper said. She said she did not know how many people were involved.

"This type of unfortunate incident is rare," said Anthony Brown, a spokesman for the Mass Transit Administration.

Fayall's family expressed sorrow over her death and anger at the beating. She was 18 and five months pregnant when she died, family members and friends said.

"They didn't have to beat the poor bus driver up," said her aunt, Ernestine Williams, 40, a nursing assistant. "It doesn't bring her back.

"And he [Angelini] was nice enough to get off the bus. He didn't have to do that. [The beating] just made matters worse. The man already has a scar he's going to carry the rest of his life. I can't even blame the bus driver; it wasn't even his fault."

Angelini, who told his family he has little memory of the accident or the attack, tried to check on Fayall after the accident but was met by an angry mob that began beating him, police and family members said.

"If it makes them feel better, then that's a sad state of affairs," said Nick Angelini, 23, Emilio Angelini's son. Family members also wondered whether the attack was racially motivated, said Susan Angelini, 26, the bus driver's daughter.

"When we told him what happened, I can't explain to you the emotion that came over him," Susan Angelini said of her Italian-born father, who has been an MTA driver for 23 years.

"This has also changed my father's life [but] we're glad he doesn't remember. All he remembers is dropping off passengers and leaving."

"We give our sympathies to the [victim's] family as well," said Susan Angelini, sitting with her mother, aunt and brother in their Dundalk home.

On Rose Street, where Fayall lived with her best friend, LaKisha Russell, 20, and Russell's two children in a small rowhouse, her relatives and friends grieved.

Russell's 5-year-old daughter said to her mother, using Fayall's nickname, "Weezy's gone, and she ain't coming back. I don't like her, I love her."

Labricka Jordan, who was with Fayall when the accident occurred, said she and Fayall drank vodka Friday afternoon while sitting on the steps outside Fayall's home.

Russell said Fayall, who finished ninth grade at Lake Clifton High School, baby-sat for her while she went to her nursing assistant job. "Since the age of 13, we seem to be hanging together," she said. Russell said Fayall's boyfriend, whose name she declined to provide, had visited yesterday and cried over her death. "She had just asked him to marry her," Russell said.

Cooper said she also did not know the boyfriend's name.

Pub Date: 4/27/97

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