2nd Philadelphia teen-ager dies after crash on Interstate 95 Van left the roadway, flipped near Route 175 in Howard County

August 11, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A teen-ager injured Sunday in a crash on Interstate 95 near Columbia died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Jason Michael Davis, 15, of Philadelphia, who suffered severe head injuries, died about 6: 30 p.m., said Joann Rodgers, the spokeswoman.

Another teen-ager, Joy Nichole Stith, 15, also of Philadelphia, died at the scene of the crash.

According to state police at the Waterloo Barracks, a Mercury Villager minivan with eight occupants and driven by Jason's father, Michael Davis, 44, of Philadelphia, was southbound on I-95 about 8: 10 a.m. Sunday and was nearing the Route 175 exit ramp when the vehicle left the roadway and overturned against a guardrail.

Police said four of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle, including two children who landed about 100 feet from the wreckage in the roadway.

One passenger was trapped under the vehicle as it rested on top of the guardrail, police said.

Police said only Julius Davis, 12, was wearing a seat belt, and Alec Stith, 2, was sitting in a child's restraining seat. Neither was seriously injured.

Four of the injured passengers are hospitalized at Hopkins, and the driver and his wife, Alexis Murial Davis, 42, are at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The crash closed all four lanes of southbound I-95 for about an hour and backed up traffic for six miles, police said.

Police said several motorists who witnessed the crash stopped and helped the injured occupants of the van.

Police said the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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