Driver who fled accident sought

Motorist was involved in Liberty Road crash that killed woman Wednesday

August 02, 2002|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police are searching for the driver of a yellow car who sped from the scene of a fatal accident on Liberty Road on Wednesday night after what appeared to be aggressive driving along the busy four-lane road in Milford Mill.

A woman riding in the back seat of a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero was killed as the sport utility vehicle was trying to turn left from the 8000 block of Liberty Road into the parking lot of Sea Pride Crab House 2 and one of two speeding cars hit it, police said.

She was identified yesterday by police as Nicole Deana Hamlet, 32, of the 2000 block of Brunt St. in the Druid Hill section of Baltimore. Her 6-year-old daughter, Danae Hamlet, who was sitting in the back seat with her, was listed in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Montero was hit by a 1997 BMW, police said, because it was in the way of the BMW and a yellow car, both of which were seen speeding and weaving along Liberty Road about 8:50 p.m., just before the crash.

"It appears that the other two cars were driving aggressively," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a department spokesman. The cars exceeded the speed limit, she said.

The driver of the 1997 BMW M3, Rabi Akin Jacobs, 26, of the 9500 block of Yellow Doll Drive in Owings Mills, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police won't be sure whether this was a case of road rage or whether the cars were involved in a race along the commercial strip until investigators talk to the driver of the yellow car, Warehime said.

"That driver knew there had been a horrific accident," Warehime said. "We need to talk to the driver to determine what happened."

Witnesses told police that the yellow car and the BMW were speeding as they headed east on Liberty Road. Accident investigators were trying to determine yesterday from the skid marks and piles of debris at the accident scene how fast the cars were going, Warehime said.

It remained unclear whether the yellow car was damaged. Police described it only as yellow, saying they weren't sure of the make and model.

Police have identified speeding as a problem on Liberty Road, which, in Baltimore County, stretches from Liberty Reservoir to Liberty Heights Road at the city border. Last year, officers issued 162 speeding citations on the road, and in the first five months of this year, they issued 68. Two fatal accidents have occurred on Liberty Road this year -- the same number that occurred last year, Warehime said.

The driver of the Montero, Vanessa Hawkins, 32, of the 1700 block of Little Creek Drive in Woodlawn, was released from Northwest Hospital Center yesterday. The front-seat passenger, Theresa Barrington, 36, was sent to Sinai Hospital on Wednesday night but was not admitted. Her address was not available.

The state's attorney's office will determine whether charges will be filed after it receives police reports.

Police are asking anyone with information about the yellow car to call 410-307-2020.

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