Second child dies of injuries suffered in car crash in Towson

December 05, 2003|By Sara Neufeld | Sara Neufeld,SUN STAFF

A 9-month-old Towson girl hospitalized after a car accident Wednesday morning has died from her injuries, Baltimore County police said.

Kathryn Gray, known as Kate, died Wednesday night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her older sister Eloise, who was called Ellie and would have celebrated her third birthday this month, also died in the crash.

The girls were sitting in properly installed child safety seats in the back of their mother's Lexus shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Alana Gray was traveling west on Towsontown Boulevard, approaching Charles Street, when she hit a patch of ice, police said.

The car spun out of control into the path of an eastbound Chevrolet Suburban, which hit the back of the Lexus, where the children were sitting, police said.

Alana Gray, 31, was released yesterday from Johns Hopkins Hospital, said her husband, Robert Gray. The driver of the Suburban, Barbara Smith, 40, of Cockeysville, was released from St. Joseph Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Friends and relatives of the Gray family are invited to a memorial service for Kate and Ellie at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 Ridgely Road in Timonium. The family requests that no media attend the service.

Robert Gray said yesterday that he wanted to publicly thank everyone who helped his wife and daughters in the aftermath of the accident and tried to save the girls.

"We want to extend our deepest gratitude and utmost respect," he said. "They did everything in their power. ... The continued help we're receiving, it's really been tremendous. The community should be proud that we are able to pick each other up."

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