Teen-ager killed, 4 others hurt in single-car crash Trans-Am struck parked vehicles, walls

January 03, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

DUNDALK -- Speed and driver error were blamed for a deadly New Year's Day accident involving five teens in a borrowed Pontiac, Baltimore County police said yesterday. The single-car crash killed one teen and seriously injured the others.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. on Snyder Avenue near Brentwood Avenue, said Baltimore County police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Novak. The 1994 Trans-Am traveling south on Snyder Avenue left the road, hitting a curb, two parked vehicles and three brick walls, Novak said.

All five occupants, who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the car.

Killed was passenger Thomas Ellsworth Butler, 19, of the 7100 block of Eastern Blvd., who had been riding in the center of the back seat, Novak said. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the borrowed vehicle was Marty Dean Imes, 16, of the 7500 block of Westfield Road.

Other passengers in the car were Antonio Virata, 18, of the 7400 block of Alvah Ave.; Wade Proffitt, 18, of the 400 block of Rogers Ave., Glen Burnie; and Mark Lombardi, 17, of Satellite Beach, Fla.

Imes was taken to Bayview Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition yesterday, a spokeswoman said.

Virata, Proffitt and Lombardi were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Virata and Proffitt were listed as stable in critical condition yesterday; Lombardi was listed in serious condition, a spokeswoman said.

Novak said that excessive speed and driver error contributed to the accident, although he could not say how fast the car was traveling.

The street, which is largely residential, has a posted speed limit of 25 mph.

Police found no indication that alcohol was a factor, he said.

The car belonged to Thomas Brandt, 31, of the 8200 block of Del Haven Road. Brandt said that he had lent the car, and a truck he owns, several times to Imes, who didn't have a vehicle.

"He seemed like a pretty responsible kid," Brandt said. "He was supposed to bring it back that night."

Pub Date: 1/03/98

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