Teen killed, another hurt in accident on I-83

Hereford High students were in car that collided with truck

April 06, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

A Hereford High School student was killed and another was critically injured yesterday in northern Baltimore County when the car they were in collided with a truck while the students were on their way home from school.

Lt. Minda F. Foxwell of the Baltimore County Police Department's traffic management section, said Leah J. Dunning, 17, was attempting to turn west onto Middletown Road from Interstate 83 at 3 p.m. when her car was struck.

"Witnesses say she hesitated and pulled into the path of the truck," Foxwell said. "There is no indication that speed, drugs or alcohol played a role."

Dunning, who lived in the 20600 block of Slab Bridge Road in Freeland, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a senior.

Her passenger, sophomore Timothy A. Heath, 16, of the 19000 block of Hunt Pass Court in Parkton was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition last night, police said.

The driver of the truck, Steven Williamson, 32, of Red Lion, Pa., was not injured.

John W. Bereska, principal at Hereford High School, said Dunning was active in the school's horticultural program.

Bereska said Dunning was the second Hereford High School student to be killed in the past two years, a figure he attributes to the area's rural roads.

"Statistically, our students have to drive great distances for longer periods of time," Bereska said.

Crisis counselors will be at the school today, Bereska said.

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