Firefighter's operating license suspended after fatal accident

November 28, 1998|By Laura Sullivan | Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County fire officials have suspended a volunteer firefighter's license to operate fire equipment after the truck he was driving broadsided a car Thursday, killing a young ** couple heading to a Thanksgiving dinner.

Avalon Shores firefighter Marvin Wayne Ladd Sr. of Shady Side was driving a brush truck to a barn fire when the accident occurred.

County fire department spokesman John Scholz said the suspension, which prevents the volunteer from operating fire equipment, is routine after accidents involving fire equipment.

The fire department has turned the crash investigation over to Anne Arundel County police, who expect to present their findings to the state's attorney's office Tuesday, said police spokeswoman Lisa Ritter. The state's attorney's office will decide whether to prosecute, she said.

Angelia Marie Cowan of Annapolis and Kenneth Terrell Pindell of Shady Side, both 27, were headed west on Shady Side Road about 2 p.m., followed by Ladd driving a 1990 Ford brush truck with its lights and siren on, police said.

The accident occurred when Cowan, who was driving a 1997 Mitsubishi Mirage, started to turn left into the driveway of Pindell's aunt's house as Ladd tried to pass on the left side. DTC police said.

Cowan's car spun 90 degrees, struck a newspaper box, sped through a drainage ditch and smashed into a telephone pole, police said.

Cowan and Pindell were pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Ladd suffered minor injuries and was treated at the center and released.

"Police are not sure [Cowan] even heard or saw the brush truck coming," Ritter said. "It's possible that if she had her radio on, and windows rolled up and maybe was chatting, that she might not even have been aware of the truck's approach.

"She turned directly into the path of the volunteer firefighter, and that might help to explain why this happened," Ritter said.

Ladd, a 30-year veteran of the department, was heading to a barn fire several miles away. Scholz said fire companies have begun sending brush trucks to rural fires because of the dry weather and increased fire risk.

Pub Date: 11/28/98

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