Husband recalls victim of crash

Eldersburg woman, 35, killed in accident, but their infant son survived

February 11, 2003|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,SUN STAFF

After years of planning for a pregnancy, Tyette Hester of Eldersburg gave birth to her first child, a boy, on a snowy day last month.

Her dream fulfilled, she devoted herself to being an attentive mother, said her husband, Izaac. That care always led her to seat her son facing away from the car windshield and properly fastened in his child safety seat.

And it probably saved his life Saturday night, according to the police officers investigating the crash that killed Tyette Hester and injured her infant son.

Police remained uncertain yesterday what might have caused Hester, 35, to cross the center line of Liberty Road, a short distance west of the border of Carroll and Baltimore counties, in her Honda Prelude and crash head-on into a Ford Explorer about 9:45 p.m. Hester, who was within a few miles of home after visiting her mother in a Baltimore hospital, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead.

One-month-old Izaac Hester Jr. suffered mild head trauma but was released yesterday morning from Johns Hopkins Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, his father said yesterday.

The driver of the Explorer, Gary Geelhaar, 41, and passenger, Ellen Morse, 28, both of Owings Mills, were taken to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

Investigators found no sign that alcohol contributed to the accident, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster.

No apparent reason

"It's a case where for some reason, Lord knows why, she crossed the center line and hit a larger vehicle," said Katz, who added that the state police investigation of the accident is continuing.

Izaac Hester described his wife of more than six years as "his best friend" and someone who formed bonds with his 9-year-old son from a previous marriage, neighbors, co-workers and even attendants at a nearby gas station.

A devoted person

"She touched everybody," he said, grasping a worn tissue in his hand as he spoke yesterday at his home. "She would just always go out of her way and show her devotion to people. It's something I can't even put into words."

Izaac Hester, a Baltimore County police detective, recalled how he had met his wife while she was working as a holiday employee at Owings Mills Mall in 1991. They began dating about a year later, and he said he was quickly impressed by her warmth.

He remembered how after they moved to Eldersburg three years ago, she quickly befriended neighbors. Last week, he and his wife helped shovel snow for an older couple down the street.

Tyette Hester grew up in Randallstown and graduated from Randallstown High School in 1985. She took classes at several Baltimore-area colleges, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She aspired to work with young children and become a teacher, her husband said.

She had worked in a Giant supermarket pharmacy for 13 years and recently had begun a job processing accounts for a private medical practice in Woodlawn.

She also is survived by her mother, Bernice Carr of Randallstown, and her two sisters, Kimberly and Nina Carr, both of Randallstown.

Funeral arrangements remained incomplete yesterday evening.

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