Motorist accused in collision in critical condition

Driver of car struck on JFX at Shock Trauma

May 01, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A driver who is accused of causing a fatal collision by traveling the wrong way on the Jones Falls Expressway this weekend and the driver of one of the cars his vehicle struck were clinging to life last evening at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Richard D. Gambrill, 83, of Phoenix, Baltimore County, was in critical and stable condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Deana Holler.

Gambrill was driving a 1991 Ford Taurus north in the southbound lanes of the JFX Saturday evening when his car hit a 1998 Saturn with three occupants north of the Falls Road underpass before colliding with other cars.

The two passengers in the Saturn -- Shwe Yee Mon, 24, a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University, and Khin K. Soe, 25, an acquaintence of Mon's from Elmhurst, N.Y. -- died Saturday after being transported to Shock Trauma.

The driver of the Saturn, Kyau Sint, 21, of Sterling, Va., was in serious condition at the hospital last night, Holler said.

Gambrill apparently became disoriented and drove onto the wrong ramp at Druid Lake Drive, 28th Street or North Avenue about 5: 15 p.m. Saturday, said Officer Joseph Johnson, an accident investigator with the traffic division of the Baltimore Police Department. Police have not determined exactly where Gambrill entered the freeway because they have been unable to interview him, Johnson said.

Mon was a first-year graduate student studying chemistry, said Dennis O'Shea, a Hopkins spokesman. She graduated last year from Middlebury College in Vermont, he said.

"Since she was first year, she wasn't yet well-known, but those who worked with her said she was a kind, gentle person," he said.

Police said three passengers in other cars involved in the accident received nonlife-threatening injuries.

On a sunny day when many were traveling to the Baltimore Waterfront Festival at the Inner Harbor, the accident resulted in a severe backup. The southbound lanes of the expressway were closed between Northern Parkway and North Avenue for about three hours.

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