Woman, correctional officer hurt in crash

Driver's side door hit by marked agency car

February 28, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

An on-duty state correctional officer was involved yesterday in a traffic accident in Baltimore in which a woman was injured.

According to police, a marked car driven by the correctional officer slammed into the driver's side door of a four-door, burgundy Lexus with Missouri license plates about 9: 30 a.m. at West North Avenue and North Howard Street.

Fire Department personnel had to cut away the Lexus' roof to get the female driver out of the car, police said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said police, who did not release her name. The extent of her injuries was not known.

Sgt. Tammy Vanskiver, a seven-year veteran with the home detention unit of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a department spokesman.

Police were investigating the accident and would not say in which direction the cars were being driven or which driver was in the wrong.

Sipes said that preliminary results of the investigation by his department and city police show Vanskiver was traveling east on North with a green light.

He said the driver of the Lexus was going north on Howard and was talking on a cell phone when the accident happened.

Two witnesses disputed that account.

Mike Williams and Samuel Ellerbe, who were selling newspapers at the intersection, said the Lexus was going west on North and Vanskiver was driving east on North and was making a left turn onto Howard when the accident occurred. They insisted the Lexus had the green light and the right of way.

"The sound of the cars was a big boom, like an explosion," said Ellerbe.

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