Cabdriver dies in rescue try along I-95 Taxi is hit from behind after stop at accident site

November 02, 1998|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

Seconds after he stopped to aid a motorist whose vehicle had overturned, a Baltimore County taxi driver was killed yesterday on Interstate 95 near White Marsh when his cab was struck from behind by a car and exploded in flames, trapping him inside, state police said.

According to Trooper Michael Wann, Patrick Charles Johnson, 27, was driving a Northern Cab Co. taxi south on I-95 about 4: 40 a.m. when he stopped to help Dennis Lee Skaggs, 21, of Crestwood, Ky., whose Honda Accord had overturned in the fast lane.

Skaggs told police that he might have fallen asleep and lost control of the Honda, Wann said.

Wann said Johnson, of the 6400 block of Woodgreen Circle in Lochearn, had just pulled up behind Skaggs when his taxi was struck by a 1994 Acura Integra driven by Tainanna Jenkins, 27, of the 100 block of Aspinwood Way in Essex. The cab exploded with Johnson inside, Wann said.

"It was engulfed in flames when we got there," Wann said.

Jenkins, who was treated for minor injuries at Franklin Square Hospital Center and released, was charged with possession of marijuana, Wann said.

She had not been charged with any traffic violations in the accident, which is being investigated, he said.

Andrea Hart, 27, of New York City, a passenger in Jenkins' car who is eight months' pregnant, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated for facial lacerations and was in fair condition yesterday, Wann said.

Wann said Skaggs, who was not injured, was charged with driving while intoxicated and other traffic violations.

Pub Date: 11/02/98

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