One killed in crash of auto involved in 3 hit-and-runs

August 22, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An Acura Legend involved in three hit-and-run collisions was demolished last night after a final crash on the west side of downtown Baltimore, killing the passenger and seriously injuring the driver.

The first collision occurred about 8:45 p.m. at Monroe and Mulberry streets in West Baltimore, where the Acura struck another vehicle and sped off as officers arrived. Before they could pursue it, the Acura disappeared and the officers were ordered not to take up pursuit, police said.

Within minutes, the Acura collided with two other cars in West Baltimore before arriving in the 700 block of W. Lexington St., where it hit an unoccupied parked Honda automobile, sped across a pedestrian walkway at Violet Hill White Way and slammed into a traffic-light pole at Lexington Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Police said debris from the Acura was found on Pine Street, a block east of the crash.

The passenger had massive head injuries and died at the scene, while the driver was taken to nearby Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Their names were not immediately available. Police said it was not known if the Acura, bearing a temporary Virginia tag, was stolen.

Other drivers in the first three collisions were not hurt, police said.

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