3 Middle River boys die in fiery crash Young friends killed two blocks from home

October 11, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

An oil stain stretches across the pavement where three youths, friends from the Whispering Woods development in Middle River, lost their lives early yesterday in a fiery car accident just two blocks from their homes.

Corey Butler, 16, Angelo Carpintieri, 14, and Daniel Myers, 12, were riding in a Ford Mustang that crashed into woods on the eastbound side of Eastern Boulevard about midnight. All three youths died at the scene.

The driver, Daniel's 18-year-old brother, Alfred Myers Jr., apparently lost control of the Mustang. Police said investigators believe excessive speed, rain and poor road conditions contributed to the crash.

Myers, who graduated from Perry Hall High School in June, and Corey, a junior at the school, had picked up Daniel and his friends from Skateland North Point. They were on their way home when the accident occurred.

"The hardest part is I never got to say goodbye," Corey's mother, Yvette Ferguson, said yesterday from her Akin Circle townhouse. "I was so tired when I got home from work, I went to bed. I heard him leave, but I never got to say goodbye."

The driver and two other passengers were injured. They also lived in Whispering Woods, a community south of Gunpowder Falls State Park, near Chase.

Myers was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a 10-mile trip down Route 150. He was in stable condition yesterday.

Chase Carpintieri, Angelo's 11-year-old brother, was also being treated at Bayview and also was in stable condition. A sixth victim, 11-year-old Brandon Johnson, was flown to John Hopkins Children's Center. His condition was not known yesterday.

Ferguson said her son Corey and Myers were close friends. "Those two were always together," she said. "They went to school together, went to church together, played basketball together."

According to witnesses and police, Myers' 1985 Mustang slid across a rain-slicked Route 150 -- the 11800 block of Eastern Ave. -- slammed into two trees and flipped onto the road, where it burst into flames.

Bark is torn from the trees, which stand 15 feet apart, and spilled oil marks the spot where on the road the car came to a stop on its roof.

"I heard an explosion and went out on the porch," said Kathy Miller, who ran to the youths' aid with her husband, Michael. "I saw the car was in flames, so I dialed 911."

Her neighbor Larry Collins also ran to the mangled car and pulled victims -- including Myers -- from the wreckage. Michael Miller used a kitchen fire extinguisher to douse the flames.

"The driver was screaming, 'My brother's in the car. My brother's in the car,' " Kathy Miller recalled. "It was so bad, so awful."

Moments after the accident, the quiet of the Fergusons' home, where Corey's mother and stepfather were sleeping, was shattered by pounding at the door.

"One of the little girls in the neighborhood had rushed over with her father to tell us what happened. I ran to the accident. I tried to see my son, but they wouldn't let me," Yvette Ferguson said. "He was burned pretty bad."

Corey's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday. Ferguson was taking care of the details for the service yesterday, as friends and family came by to offer their condolences.

As she spoke with visitors in the living room of her two-story home, Ferguson's eyes kept drifting toward a stack of basketball shoe boxes and posters of Michael Jordan, her son's idol.

"If you saw Michael Jordan, you saw my baby," Ferguson said. "He was a younger version of Michael Jordan.

"He had big dreams, wanted to go to college on a basketball scholarship."

After visiting with Ferguson, several of her relatives offered condolences to the families of the other victims. They couldn't reach Brandon's parents or the Carpintieris, but the Myerses were thankful for the visit.

Their home, just a block from Corey's, was overflowing with guests.

Sandy and Alfred Myers Sr., still wearing the visitor's passes they had been issued while visiting their son at Bayview, were praying for his recovery and sharing memories of Daniel -- an honors student at Middle River Middle School.

"They were all such good kids," said neighbor Harry Allen. "They will be missed."

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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