Columbia woman dies after crash on Route 175

June 04, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A 47-year-old Columbia woman died yesterday morning after her car crashed into a truck, Howard County police said.

Myung Sook Choi of the 8000 block of Open Meadow Way was westbound on Route 175 in a 1994 Volkswagen about 5: 30 a.m. when she steered into one of the two lanes for left turns onto Snowden River Parkway, police said. A 1994 Ford box truck -- driven by Paul Lamont Britt, 24, of Lanham -- was in that lane, waiting at a red light. Choi's car struck the back of the truck, police said.

The Volkswagen slid under the truck, and police said they did not find tire marks on the road. "It does not appear that she tried to stop," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a Howard County police spokesman.

A police officer who witnessed the accident tried to revive Choi, and she was rushed to Howard County General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 6: 04 a.m., said Cpl. Karen Johnson of the county Police Department's traffic enforcement section.

Britt was not injured, police said. Choi was not wearing a seat belt and the car was not equipped with air bags, police said.

Choi was the 12th person killed in traffic accidents in Howard County this year, Johnson said.

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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