Towson girl, 2, dies, infant sister critically hurt in crash

Mother lost control of car on patch of ice

December 04, 2003|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

A 2-year-old Towson girl died and her 9-month-old sister was critically injured after their mother lost control of her car after hitting a patch of ice on Towsontown Boulevard yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

Eloise Gray, 2, of the 700 block of Fairway Drive was brought to Greater Baltimore Medical Center after the 9:30 a.m. accident and pronounced dead, police said. Baby Kathryn Gray was listed in critical condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The girls' mother, Alana Gray, 31, was listed in good condition at Hopkins, hospital officials said.

According to county police, Alana Gray was driving her Lexus west on Towsontown Boulevard, approaching Charles Street, when she hit a patch of ice. The car spun out of control into the path of an eastbound Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban hit the back of the Lexus, where the children were sitting.

The driver of the Suburban, Barbara Smith, 40, of Berrycrest Court in Cockeysville, was hospitalized at St. Joseph Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman would not release Smith's condition, noting federal privacy laws.

Both girls were in child safety seats that were properly installed, police said.

Neighbors last night said Alana Gray, who was then pregnant, moved to Towson from Montgomery County about a year ago with her husband, Robert, and Eloise, who was called Ellie.

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