Man injured when car hits his apartment

Neighbor's auto crashed into wall from parking lot

March 13, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 25-year-old man lying on a couch in his den found himself pinned beneath a car yesterday morning after the vehicle slammed through the wall of his Hillendale apartment, authorities said.

The Tall Oaks resident, Lavan Stephan Fulmore, was treated for minor injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after firefighters pulled him from beneath the 1995 Mercury Sable that crashed into his apartment about 10 a.m., police and fire officials said. He was released by 4 p.m.

The driver of the car, Stacy Montel Newman, 34, of the 6600 block of Collinsdale Road, and her passenger, Clay Hart, 38, of the 6600 block of Glenbarr Court -- both of whom live in the apartment complex -- were treated at Sinai Hospital and released yesterday afternoon.

Investigators said something may have stuck under the gas pedal of Newman's car as she pulled into the parking lot in the 1000 block of Pleasant Oaks Road. Hart apparently tried to shift the car into "park" after it jumped the curb and headed for the apartment building, said Lt. Richard Muth, a Fire Department spokesman.

But the car did not stop and it rammed through a window and brick wall in Fulmore's apartment. "It appears to have been an accident," Muth said.

It took firefighters about 40 minutes to rescue Fulmore. "It was a precarious situation, with the car on top of him," said Muth. "The saving grace was that the weight of the car was on the building, not the resident."

Fulmore suffered minor burns -- possibly from the heat of the car's engine -- and leg and hip injuries, Muth said.

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