Infant killed in I-95 crash

another critically injured

Children thrown from car when driver loses control

July 08, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two infants were thrown from a car traveling north on Interstate 95 yesterday - killing one and critically injuring the other - when the driver lost control and struck a jersey wall, Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported.

The accident occurred on the interstate at the Moravia Road exit about 1:45 p.m. when a Ford Focus lost control in the fast lane, went into a spin, and slammed into the wall. The car, with five people inside, came to rest facing south on the left shoulder. The car was heading to Connecticut from Virginia, police said.

One of the infants, a 9-month-old girl, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other, a month-old boy, was thrown through a gap between the lanes and landed in trash bin filled with broken wood 39 feet below the roadway. He was taken to the pediatric trauma unit of Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, where he was in critical condition last night, police said.

Although there was a child seat in the car, police said, it does not appear either child was properly restrained.

The driver of the car, a 29-year-old woman from New York, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The mother of the month-old infant, a 19-year-old woman from New Jersey, was in the front passenger seat and was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The mother of the 9-month-old girl was in the back seat and was flown to Shock Trauma. Police did not release names or conditions last night.

The accident caused a five-mile backup on I-95 to the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza yesterday as police investigated the cause of the crash. The interstate was closed while victims were taken to hospitals.

Police said yesterday that the driver of a 2000 Honda Civic, a 26-year-old woman from Connecticut, might have played a part in the accident but said her role was unclear.

Although the woman did not strike the Ford Focus and suffered no injuries, she was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center because she was "shaken up," police said.

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