3 people injured in crash blamed on speed, alcohol

November 27, 1997|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

Three people were injured, two of them critically, in a two-car crash Tuesday evening, and police said speeding and alcohol were factors in the accident.

A traffic officer who had set up radar on Dulaney Valley Road at Stratford Court in Towson clocked a 1994 Mercury Tracer traveling 70 mph through a 40-mph zone shortly before 11 p.m., said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak of the Baltimore County Police Department.

The officer pursued the speeding car north on Dulaney Valley Road and saw the Tracer twice cross a double yellow line to pass slower vehicles, Novak said.

The second time it crossed the double yellow line, the Tracer crashed into an oncoming 1994 Chrysler. The accident occurred at Chapel Wood Lane, less than a mile from where the officer had set up his radar, Novak said.

Police identified the Tracer's driver as Scott Malkowske, 21, of the first block of Constantine Drive in Phoenix.

The Chrysler's occupants were James Wheatley, 67, and Margaret Wheatley, 65, of the first block of Carriage Lane in Ocean Pines, Novak said.

"Alcohol is listed as a contributing factor," Novak said, as well as excessive speed and crossing a double yellow line.

The injured were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Malkowske was in fair condition yesterday, a spokeswoman said.

Mr. Wheatley was in critical condition, and Mrs. Wheatley was stable in serious condition.

Malkowske was charged with driving while intoxicated and two counts of causing injury while intoxicated, Novak said.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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