Man charged in crash that killed his 3-year-old

He is accused of auto theft and marijuana possession

May 29, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old man was charged yesterday with marijuana possession and auto theft after the stolen van he was driving collided head-on with a Cadillac limousine in southern Baltimore on Monday night, killing his young daughter, city police said.

Darnise Wallace, 3, of the 200 block of S. Fulton Ave. was pronounced dead at St. Agnes HealthCare at 11:40 p.m., about an hour after the crash in the 2800 block of Annapolis Road.

The girl was one of four passengers in the northbound 1989 Plymouth Voyager driven by her father, Donnell Marion Wallace, also of the 200 block of S. Fulton Ave., when it crossed the center line and collided with the 1996 limousine owned by March Funeral Home and driven by Alvin Scott, 40, of the 5200 block of Ready Ave., police said.

FOR THE RECORD - An article that appeared in some editions of The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified the owner of a limousine that was struck by a stolen van in a fatal accident in Baltimore Monday. The limousine was leased by Gary P. March Funeral Home. The Sun regrets the error.

The girl was ejected from the van and landed on a grassy strip adjacent to the road, police said.

The father was treated for minor injuries at Harbor Hospital Center, then arrested. He was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center in lieu of $5,000 bond, pending a bail review hearing today.

Three passengers in the van also were injured, all taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. They were identified by police as Andre Harris, 16, of the 1500 block of Richland St., who was in serious condition, and Pierre Thomas, 19, of the 1800 block of Wilhelm St., and Sandra Turner, whose age and address were not available.

Scott, the driver of the limousine, was admitted to Harbor Hospital Center, while his passenger, Ursula Stewart, 35, of the 1300 block of Deanwood Road was released after treatment at Shock Trauma.

Officer William Murray said the van was reported stolen April 22 in southern Baltimore. He said three baggies containing marijuana were found on Wallace at the hospital.

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