Chain-reaction crash on U.S. 1 injures three

Woman on foot is struck leaving gas station store

April 24, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Three people were injured yesterday when a truck was rear-ended on U.S. 1, sparking a chain reaction that ended with the truck crashing through glass and into a gas station building, police said.

The most seriously injured was a 27-year-old Howard County pedestrian who was hit as she was walking out of the gas station convenience store, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

Venita Majette of North Laurel was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said Guiseppe Pulia, 34, of Abingdon was turning right into an Amoco station at U.S. 1 and Guilford Road shortly after 11 a.m. when his truck was hit by a Ford van driven by William Kromer, 43, of Savage.

Pulia's foot apparently hit the accelerator, and his truck plowed into a car driven by Patrick Massey, 24, of Suitland and then hit Majette before crashing into the building, Llewellyn said.

Massey and Pulia were treated at Howard County General Hospital and released.

The accident is under investigation, and no charges were filed yesterday, Llewellyn said. There was no structural damage to the gas station, she said.

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