Eight die on state roads

Fatalities since Friday include toddler hurt in crash with officer

November 22, 1999|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A Pennsylvania man was killed yesterday in a head-on collision on Interstate 83, bringing to eight the number of people who died in accidents on Maryland roads since Friday.

The man died when the minivan in which he was riding was struck by a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on I-83 in northern Baltimore County. The truck's driver fled the scene on foot, state police said.

The highway deaths included 19-month-old Kelsi Forney, who died yesterday from injuries suffered in a collision that killed her mother Friday when their car was struck by an Anne Arundel County police cruiser.

In the latest accident, a Dodge pickup going the wrong direction on northbound I-83 struck the minivan about 4 a.m. yesterday near the Belfast Road exit, said Trooper Brian K. Smith.

Richard J. Bell Jr., 31, of New Freedom, Pa., was killed. His wife, Charlene L. Bell, 34, was in stable condition yesterday at Sinai Hospital, said a hospital spokesman.

The driver of the truck fled on foot when another motorist stopped to aid the victims, Smith said.

Police were searching for the man last night. The pickup was registered in Texas and police would not disclose additional information.

Saturday afternoon, Mary Carol Eisenhut, 16, a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, was killed in an accident on Paper Mill Road in Jacksonville, Baltimore County police reported.

According to police, Lindsay Nicole Loewer, also 16, was driving a 1988 Honda Accord west on Paper Mill Road shortly before 6 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle on the rain-slick road and skidded into an eastbound 1997 Ford Taurus station wagon, police said.

Eisenhut, of the 100 block of Westbury Road in Lutherville, was a passenger in the Honda and died instantly, police said.

In May, Eisenhut scored Notre Dame's winning goal in a championship lacrosse game against Bryn Mawr School.

Loewer, whose address was not available, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released yesterday morning, said nursing coordinator Deana Holler.

The driver of the vehicle hit by Loewer was not seriously injured, police said. The driver and occupants of a third car that crashed into the Taurus were not injured.

Officer David Pacoe, who responded to the scene, said early indications point to driver error and a wet road as contributing factors in the accident.

In the accident involving an Anne Arundel County police car, Officer Stephen C. Perron was responding to a robbery in progress in Millersville about 5: 05 p.m. Friday when his cruiser collided with a car driven by Brandi Lynn Forney, 20, of Glen Burnie.

Forney, who was making a left turn from Old Mill Road onto Old Mill Boulevard, died Friday night.

The cruiser's lights and sirens were on, according to witnesses.

Police and the Anne Arundel state's attorney's office are investigating the accident.

About 3: 48 p.m. Friday, two Frederick County teen-agers were killed when a car in which they were riding veered off the road, overturned and struck a utility pole on Harney Road near the Carroll County line, said a spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Mindy K. Lookingbill, 19, and Trista Kuhn, 16, both of the Emmitsburg area, died at the scene, the spokesman said.

Also Friday, a man died when he fell underneath the wheels of a pickup truck after a fight with the truck's driver in Pigtown in Southwest Baltimore, city police said.

Kion Smith, 20, of the 2000 block of McElderry St. in East Baltimore grabbed onto the truck as the driver sped away about 11: 15 a.m. and fell under the wheels, police said.

About 12: 34 a.m. Friday, Andrew Jefferson McCroey Jr., 30, of Pikesville died when his car ran off the ramp from Interstate 195 to Interstate 95 near Linthicum in Anne Arundel County and struck a tree, state police said.

Sun staff writer Mike Farabaugh contributed to this article.

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