State absolves officer in collision that killed Glen Burnie mother, baby

February 18, 2000|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie woman who was fatally injured with her infant daughter in a collision with a speeding Anne Arundel County police cruiser was at fault in the accident, and no charge will be filed against the officer, the county state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

The decision closes the investigation into the accident Nov. 19 on Old Mill Boulevard and exonerates Officer Stephen C. Perron, a two-year veteran, in the deaths of Brandi Forney, 20, and her 19-month-old daughter, Kelsey.

"After reviewing the report and witness statements, the evidence appears to be very consistent," said Kristin Riggin, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office. "Officer Perron was responding with lights and sirens on. Ms. Forney failed to yield right of way. The case should be closed and no charges are appropriate."

According to police, Perron was rushing to a reported robbery at Saunders Florist in Millersville when the accident occurred. He was westbound on Old Mill Boulevard when his cruiser hit Forney's white Pontiac on the driver's door as she was turning into the intersection from Old Mill Road.

Perron was treated for minor injuries, as was a Bell Atlantic executive who was on a ride-along in the cruiser.

"All the eyewitnesses said they cannot understand why she pulled out," Riggin said. "They said it was strange. She pulled out when the officer was very near the intersection."

A victims' advocate notified Forney's family of the decision Wednesday. Relatives could could not be reached for comment last night.

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