Five people are injured in separate city accidents

Auto, school bus collide

schoolgirl hit by vehicle

June 05, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A school bus collided with a car yesterday afternoon at an East Baltimore intersection, careened onto a sidewalk and hit a woman and a child sitting on the steps of a Patterson Park Avenue rowhouse.

The child, Maia Alexandria Washington, 2, was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with cuts on her face and leg and was in stable condition, city police said.

Falayon Knight, 27, suffered leg injuries, and the child's grandmother, Hattie Washington, was hurt when she tried to avoid the bus. Both were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The car's driver, John Fisher, 20, suffered neck and back injuries and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. His 17-month old daughter, Shirley Fisher, who was in a child safety seat, was not. Fisher was given a traffic ticket for running a red light.

The school bus driver and passengers were not injured. The passengers left through the rear emergency exit and took shelter in a nearby city housing office.

Otis Johnson, the school system's assistant superintendent of transportation, said the driver will be given a routine drug test. He said the students attend Frankford Intermediate School in Northeast Baltimore.

The accident occurred at Orleans Street and North Patterson Park Avenue as the driver of a Suzuki Esteem traveling westbound on Orleans went through a red light and collided with the southbound bus on Patterson Park, said police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes.

The 4: 15 p.m. crash was the second involving schoolchildren yesterday in Baltimore. An 11-year-old girl waiting for a school bus in Cherry Hill was hit by a car about 7: 40 a.m. and suffered a broken leg.

No charges were filed in the accident that left Zykia Marsh of the 2200 block of Norfolk St. in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The accident occurred in the 1600 block of Cherry Hill Road, next to the Cherry Hill light rail station and about a mile from Zykia's school, Carter G. Woodson Elementary.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said Zykia was hit by a 1987 Chevy Cavalier owned by New Harbor Transport Inc. and driven by Wilson Dodson. Police said the girl was then hit by a 1993 Ford Expedition driven by Chantee Howell.

Woodson Principal Ernest Johnson said Zykia had left a light rail train and was waiting for a bus with several other children. Police said it was unclear whether Zykia was playing in the street or trying to cross it when she was struck.

Police investigators ruled the accident pedestrian error.

Pub Date: 6/05/99

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