Child dies in ATV crash

Off-road vehicle driven by boy, 10, hits car in W.Md.

8th fatality over weekend

Two women killed in fiery city collision after men flee police

January 03, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A 10-year-old boy was killed yesterday when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving on a Western Maryland road hit a car head-on, bringing to eight the number of people killed on state roads during the New Year's weekend, police said.

Earlier yesterday, two women were killed in downtown Baltimore when a sport utility vehicle pursued by police struck their car at West Mulberry Street and Park Avenue, police said. The women's car exploded into flames, they said. It was the fourth time since September that a driver trying to evade police caused a fatality in Baltimore.

In Allegany County, the boy and his passenger, a 9-year-old cousin, both from Berkeley Springs, W. Va., were driving the wrong way on Orleans Road near Little Orleans about 1: 20 p.m. when they slammed into the oncoming car, said Trooper William Frye of the state police.

Both boys were flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to Memorial Hospital of Cumberland, where the 10-year-old was pronounced dead, Frye said. The 9-year-old was in critical condition last night. Police refused to identify the boys.

Their ATV, a four-wheel motorcycle-like vehicle made for off-road driving, was going north in the southbound lane, Frye said. It collided with a Chevrolet Corsica driven south by a 17-year-old Little Orleans resident, he said.

"The driver of the Corsica saw the ATV coming straight at him, he locked his brakes and skidded, heading toward the middle of the road," said Frye.

When the ATV and the Corsica collided, the cousins were thrown from their vehicle, Frye said. Neither boy was wearing a helmet, he said.

The Corsica went off the road and smashed into a barbed-wire fence, but the driver was not injured, Frye said. State police would not release the name of the 17-year-old.

Maryland law prohibits driving ATVs on public roadways.

Fatalities in Baltimore

In the Baltimore accident, a white Ford Expedition fleeing police was eastbound on West Mulberry Street about 2: 30 a.m. when it struck a 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora traveling north on Park Avenue, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

Doris Murphy, 42, of the 5000 block of Yorkwood Road in Northeast Baltimore died at the scene, Cook-Hayes said. A second woman in the car, also from Baltimore, was pronounced dead at the scene, but police did not release her name yesterday pending notification of her family.

Cook-Hayes said it was unclear which woman was driving the car.

Police began chasing the Expedition after officers reported shots were fired from the vehicle into a large crowd in front of The Club International, a nightclub in the 2300 block of W. Baltimore St., she said. No one was injured in the shooting, she said.

Three to four police cruisers were following the SUV at a distance of about three to four blocks when the accident occurred. "Witnesses said the police had their lights and sirens on," said Cook-Hayes.

The cruisers followed the Expedition about a mile before the accident occurred. After the collision, the SUV stopped about half a block away, on West Mulberry Street. Two male occupants got out of the totaled SUV and fled, Cook-Hayes said.

The SUV was not reported stolen and police were uncertain if its owner was involved, she said.

Investigators were working to determine the speed that the SUV and police cruisers were traveling, she said.

Baltimore police policy forbids officers from engaging in high-speed pursuits unless authorized by supervisors. When authorized, policy forbids officers from driving more than 10 mph over the speed limit. At intersections, officers must stop at red lights and stop signs to make sure the street is clear.

The accident occurred after a crash Dec. 27 downtown that killed Nayshea Monet Saunders, a 17-year-old girl from Baltimore, and injured seven others. That accident occurred when a stolen car followed by police struck the Jeep in which Saunders was riding.

Also last month, two youths fleeing police in a suspected stolen car crashed into another car in Cherry Hill, killing the car's occupant, Larry Smith, a 50-year-old Baltimore resident.

In September, Marc David Levy, a 21-year-old college student, was killed when his car was struck by a car driven by an unlicensed teen-ager who is accused of trying to run over a police officer and trying to escape police.

Five other deaths

Since the New Year's weekend began, five others were killed in two accidents.

Olivia Thomas, a 7-year-old from Gaithersburg, and her father, Ed Thomas, 35, were killed early Saturday when their disabled car was struck from behind on the shoulder of southbound Interstate 95 near Interstate 895 in Howard County.

In the other accident, two men and a woman were killed early Saturday when three cars collided in Cecil County.

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