2 motorists killed in collision when car crosses center line

Pennsylvania woman critically hurt in accident near Maryland Line

April 12, 1999|By Richard Irwin and Brenda Buote | Richard Irwin and Brenda Buote,SUN STAFF

A Pennsylvania man and a Harford County woman were killed and the man's wife critically injured when two cars collided yesterday on Old York Road near Maryland Line in northern Baltimore County, county police said.

Officer First Class Eric Baummer said Charles Adam Croucher, 65, of Stewartstown, Pa., was driving a 1995 Buick Century east on Old York Road near Sampson Avenue about 1: 15 p.m. when he collided head-on with a westbound 1998 Honda Accord that had crossed the center line.

Baummer said Croucher was pronounced dead at the scene and the Honda's driver, Claudine Pearce, 27, of the 900 block of Candlelight Court in Bel Air died several hours later at York (Pa.) County General Hospital, where Loretta Croucher, 64, was in critical condition.

Baummer said error by Pearce contributed to the accident. The incident was to be reviewed by the county state's attorney's office.

In an unrelated incident, Baltimore City police were seeking yesterday the driver of a stolen sport utility vehicle that collided with a motorcycle Thursday night in Brooklyn in South Baltimore, killing the motorcyclist and injuring his passenger.

Police said James William Leach 2nd, 28, of the 3700 block of Ninth St. in Brooklyn and his passenger, Melissa Chavis, 23, whose address was not available, were traveling the wrong way in the 4100 block of southbound Townsend Ave. about 10: 40 p.m. when they struck the side of a stolen 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling east on Fifth Street.

The Jeep's driver failed to stop.

Leach suffered severe chest and abdominal injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later at Harbor Hospital Center, police said. Chavis, who suffered head injuries, was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Pub Date: 4/12/99

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