3-vehicle accident delays morning traffic in Pasadena

March 30, 2001

A three-vehicle accident near the start of morning rush hour delayed hundreds of people in traffic yesterday at the critical Pasadena intersection of Mountain Road and South Carolina Avenue.

According to police, Theresa Siperek, who was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro, drove into the intersection from South Carolina Avenue and into the path of a 1999 Ford F-250 truck that was eastbound on Mountain Road.

The truck, driven by Oscar Lopez, 28, of the 300 block of Somerset Road in Pasadena, hit Siperek's Camaro and careened into a 1994 Ford F-150 truck that was stopped at the intersection in the westbound lane of Mountain Road.

The driver of the second truck, Lott Brown, 72, of the first block of South Carolina Ave., complained of aches and was taken to North Arundel Hospital, police said.

Siperek, 44, of the 800 block of Deering Road in Pasadena, was charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, according to Officer Charles Ravenell, a Police Department spokesman.

Rush-hour traffic jams on the eastern end of the peninsula and a lack of escape routes in the event of an emergency have been long- standing concerns. Mountain Road was widened to create a third lane with alternating directions morning and evening between Route 100 and South Carolina Avenue.

The extra lane begins just west of the intersection, the site of numerous accidents and a source of complaints from drivers on South Carolina Avenue about the speed of approaching motorists on the 40-mph Mountain Road.

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