Car stolen on west side hits cab, injures woman

Driver speeds from police

flees accident on foot

May 24, 1999|By Kristine Henry and Richard Irwin | Kristine Henry and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A car driven by a suspected carjacker crashed into a taxicab yesterday in Northeast Baltimore, critically injuring a passenger in the cab. The driver escaped on foot, police said.

Police said the incident began when a 19-year-old Woodlawn man, driving a 1996 Toyota, pulled onto the lot of an Amoco service station in the 2000 block of N. Forest Park Ave. in West Baltimore about 4 a.m. to use a pay phone. He was confronted by two young men, one with a handgun, who ordered him from the vehicle, robbed him of a pager, about $150, his left Nike athletic shoe and drove off, police said.

The motorist reported the carjacking to police.

Shortly before 6: 30 a.m., police tried to stop the car in the Harford Road corridor in Northeastern Baltimore for a traffic violation, but the driver sped away. Police said the second male involved in the carjacking apparently had gotten out of the car earlier.

"The officer decided to discontinue the attempt to pursue the vehicle for safety reasons," said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman.

A short time later, police said, the car was seen heading west on East Cold Spring Lane, where the driver ran a red light and crashed into a Royal Cab heading north on Loch Raven Boulevard. The cab, in turn, struck a GMC van parked nearby. Witnesses said a male, who looked to be about 16 or 17, got out of the Toyota and ran away. It was not clear if he was injured, but police were checking hospitals yesterday.

Rowe said the passenger in the cab, Latonia Presley, 31, of the 1300 block of E. Belvedere Ave. suffered spinal injuries in her neck and was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The cabdriver, whose name was unknown yesterday, suffered minor injuries as did a man who was unloading Sunday editions of The Sun from the van, police said.

Pub Date: 5/24/99

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