Woman dies after driving wrong way, police say

Passengers in other car are injured, hospitalized

June 02, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

An elderly woman driving on the wrong side of Route 100 was killed Wednesday night in a head-on collision between her car and a van, seriously injuring the three occupants of the other vehicle, state police said yesterday.

Killed in the crash was Hazel May Ruehl, 86, of the 200 block Osborne Ave. in Catonsville.

She was pinned inside the wreckage of her 1997 Ford Escort and pronounced dead at the scene, said state police Sgt. Michael Maresca.

The van's driver, 66-year-old Hyun Lee, and one passenger, Dong Lee, 85, both of the 7800 block of Breakstone Court in Ellicott City, were listed in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Another passenger, a 12-year-old boy whose name was not available from police yesterday, was reported to be in good condition at the Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric trauma unit, authorities said.

The accident occurred about 9:45 p.m. on the divided, high-speed highway near Queenstown Road and south of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. It closed Route 100 for several hours, police said.

A witness told investigators that Ruehl had been eastbound on Route 100, then crossed the median and continued driving east in the westbound lanes, Maresca said.

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