Pasadena teen killed in accident on Mountain Road

November 27, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena teen-ager was killed Tuesday when a pickup truck skidded out of control on Mountain Road near Ritchie Highway, fishtailed across the highway, vaulted a guard rail and struck a tree.

Kelley Ann Airey, 16, of the 7800 block of Rippleview Lane suffered severe head and neck injuries, and died at North Arundel Hospital 30 minutes after the accident.

The driver, Curley W. Finch Jr., 20, of the 1500 block of Race St. in Baltimore, was in fair condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries to both legs, his chest and abdomen.

Witnesses told police that Finch's eastbound 1981 Chevrolet pickup truck had entered Route 100 from southbound Ritchie Highway shortly after 10 p.m. and was in a merge lane. Finch was trying to get into the main lanes as the driver of a small car tried to get into the exit lane.

The drivers jockeyed for position until the last minute, when the car darted in front of the truck onto the exit ramp, and Finch lost control of the truck, police said.

Police said Airey was not taken to Shock Trauma because paramedics could not stabilize her.

Police are looking for the driver of the car. Anyone with information should call police at 410-222-8610.

County police arrested an Edgewater man Tuesday after an officer interrupted what he said was an attempted rape.

Steven W. Stambaugh, 39, of the 1600 block of Midland Road was charged with attempted first- and second-degree rape, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

Police said a resident of Central Avenue called police about 3 a.m. to report a suspicious car in a neighbor's driveway. Officer Richard Hicks pulled behind the car, a Ford Mustang, and a man stepped out and walked to the police car.

Hicks said the man seemed nervous and tried to keep him from the car, so he called for backup. When the officer arrived, Hicks walked to the car and found a 32-year-old Calvert County woman.

The woman told police she met the man at a bar in Edgewater and he offered to drive her home. When others assured her the man was safe, she allowed him to drive her to her mother's home, police said.

They sat in front of the house, talked and drank coffee, and the woman asked for a ride to her sister's house, police said. When they drove off, the man pulled into the driveway on Central Avenue, pulled a knife and ordered the woman to undress, police said. That is when Hicks arrived.

Police said a knife was found was in the car.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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