Car fatally crushes child against parked van Teen-age girl is charged with vehicular manslaughter

August 07, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 3-year-old girl died yesterday when she was crushed between the rear of a van and the car that struck her in the parking lot of a supermarket in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Valisha S. Staton of the first block of N. Kossuth St. was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in the 3300 block of W. Baltimore St., police said.

Last night, a 16-year-old girl was charged as a juvenile with vehicular manslaughter in the incident, police said.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes said the girl, whose identity was being withheld because she is a juvenile, also was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving without a license.

According to Cook-Hayes, the accused teen and a 15-year-old female friend arrived at the Hilton Supermarket about 2: 50 p.m. in a 1988 Nissan Maxima driven by a 16-year-old male friend.

The driver got out of the car, left the keys with the girls and entered the store, Cook-Hayes said.

A few minutes later, Cook-Hayes said, the accused girl started to drive the car.

After driving a short distance, the girl apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck Valisha as the victim and her grandfather, Wendell Lloyd, were walking past the rear of a 1998 Mazda van, Cook-Hayes said.

Cook-Hayes said the child was crushed between the front of the Nissan and the rear of the van. Lloyd was not injured, she said.

The impact drove the van into a chain-link fence, Cook-Hayes said.

Cook-Hayes said both girls left the parking lot on foot after the accident and were found by police walking on West Baltimore Street near Caton Avenue and taken back to the scene.

Cook-Hayes said the accused teen was taken to police headquarters for questioning and was charged last night by traffic investigators. She was being held at the juvenile detention rTC facility at the Northern District, pending a review of the case by a juvenile intake officer, Cook-Hayes said.

Pub Date: 8/07/98

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