2 dead, 6 hurt after speeding van strikes 7 vehicles near Morgan

May 04, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two people were killed -- including a 4-year-old girl -- and six others were injured after a speeding van struck seven other vehicles last night near Morgan State University's Northeast Baltimore campus, police said.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. when a man driving the van south on Perring Parkway near Belvedere Avenue at a high rate of speed sideswiped two other southbound vehicles, police said.

The van's driver continued south for more than a block before hitting the sides of five cars parked in the 4500 block of Hillen Road across from Morgan and occupied by people waiting to pick up students after night classes, said Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman.

All the vehicles struck by the van suffered extensive damage; one of them had its entire driver's side sheared away.

Four city police officers were conducting radar-speed enforcement nearby and saw the parked cars being hit, said Northeastern District Lt. H. Gene Muncy.

The van was demolished -- overturning at least once before coming to rest in the middle of the street. The driver was among the injured, but his identity and condition were not available.

Seven ambulances, including one from Baltimore County, were dispatched to transport victims to area hospitals. A 48-year-old woman was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The child died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Two of the injured were taken to Sinai Hospital, three were taken to Shock Trauma, including the woman who later died, and three were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the child who later died, police said.

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