Annapolis man dies after driving into wrong lane, striking vehicle

August 18, 1998

A 46-year-old Annapolis man died yesterday afternoon after he drove his minivan into the wrong lane on College Parkway while leaving a Denny's restaurant in Cape St. Claire and struck another vehicle head-on, police said.

The man, whom police did not identify pending notification of his relatives, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center after the accident at about 1: 10 p.m., police said. He died at the hospital.

The minivan struck a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis. The vehicle's occupants, Walter Herman Garner and his wife, Maryann, both 78, of the 1600 block of Cananaro Drive in Annapolis were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Walter Garner was in critical condition and Maryann Garner was in serious but stable condition, police said.

Police said the minivan driver intended to turn onto the westbound lane of College Parkway near Old Cape St. Claire Road. Instead, the minivan entered the eastbound lane.

Police charge woman with drug possession

A Baltimore woman was arrested in Glen Burnie about 7: 40 p.m. Sunday and charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute, police said.

Police said they responded to a 911 hang-up call and found two sisters arguing at a home in the 6400 block of Roots Drive in Glen Burnie. One woman told officers she would leave the house. Later she flagged them down and said her sister had drugs that she was planning to sell in the Pasadena Freetown area, police said.

The officers went back to the house and found 33.2 grams of suspected crack cocaine worth about $3,200, police said. Delphinia Maria Poynter, 38, of the 800 block of Jack St. was arrested and charged, police said.

Woman charged in stabbing of man on parking lot

A 40-year-old Baltimore woman was arrested outside Brooklyn Park's Bingo World on Saturday after a Glen Burnie man was attacked in the parking lot with an 8-inch kitchen knife and stabbed in the back, police said.

Police said witnesses told them a woman attacked Hobart Bowers of the 6800 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in the Bingo World parking lot, at 4901 Belle Grove Road, about 3: 15 p.m. and stabbed him in the back while he fell to the ground. Bowers got back on his feet and ran toward Belle Grove Road with the woman chasing him, police said.

Rhonda Conaway of the 900 block of Lynnhall St. was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, police said. Paramedics treated Bowers at the scene, police said.

Officer injured after losing control of patrol vehicle

A Western District police officer injured his knee and arm Friday night when he lost control of his patrol vehicle after its brakes failed. The car hit a fire hydrant and then a cargo container on the property of a Jessup auto-collision inspection company, police said.

Officer Eric Hodge, 30, suffered cuts, scrapes and bruises and was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released, police said.

Hodge was driving south on Race Road to assist another officer when his brakes apparently failed as he tried to slow while entering a curve near Orchard Road, police said.

Hodge's 1998 Chevrolet Lumina slid off the road, hit the hydrant and knocked it off its base and came to rest after hitting the cargo container at Auto Collision Inspection, 7706 Race Road, police said. Police said they are examining the vehicle's anti-lock braking system.

Pub Date: 8/18/98

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