Family grieves for Elkridge woman killed in head-on crash in Linthicum

October 14, 2003|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Lisa M. Foster was finally hitting her stride. The 23-year-old got a job last week as a teacher's assistant and bought the car of her dreams: a silver 2003 Toyota Celica.

And Foster, a former co-captain of Howard High School's girls softball team, still loved the sport so much that she played twice a week with two coed teams in Glen Burnie.

"She told my mom that her luck was finally changing," said Foster's sister, Christy Staruk, 26, who lives across the street from her mother in Elkridge. "Everything was going so great. She had gotten the job, she had gotten the car she loved."

But early Saturday, Foster's recent run of good fortune took a tragic turn. While acting as designated driver after a night of softball and hanging out with teammates, Foster was killed in her Celica in a head-on crash in Linthicum.

"She usually was the driver, just because she wasn't the drinker," said Foster's mother, Audrey, during an interview yesterday at her home, where Foster had lived. "She was the one doing the right thing. Unfortunately, doing the right thing doesn't ... "

The grief-stricken mother couldn't finish the sentence.

According to Anne Arundel County police, a driver in a 1997 Lexus crossed the double yellow line in an attempt to pass two vehicles and struck Foster's car head-on in the 6800 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., near Nursery Road.

The Lexus then bounced back and struck one of the cars it passed. The driver, identified by police as a 19-year-old Glen Burnie resident, remained in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Foster was trapped in her car and died at the scene by the time police arrived about 12:20 a.m., police said.

Two friends, whom she was taking home, were taken to Shock Trauma. Michael R. Smith, 26, was treated and released. Dionne E. Jones, 24, remained hospitalized yesterday in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

An Anne Arundel police spokeswoman said yesterday that the accident was under investigation and the results would be turned over to the state's attorney office when completed.

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