Man, woman, both 20, die in crash

Baltimore driver loses control of car on rain-slick northeastern county road

July 24, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

A 20-year-old Baltimore man and his girlfriend were killed early yesterday when, police said, the man lost control of his car on rain-slick Dulaney Valley Road in northeastern Baltimore County.

Alain Jenkins Jr. of the 800 block of Lenton Ave. in Baltimore had been taking his girlfriend, Rachel Elizabeth Atwood, 20, home after work about 1 a.m. when the accident occurred, his cousin said.

Atwood lived with her mother in the first block of Fairwood View Court in Phoenix. She worked as a waitress at several restaurants, her mother said.

The 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier that Jenkins was driving spun out of control as it headed south on Dulaney Valley Road near Windemere Parkway and smashed into a northbound 1994 Honda Del Sol, police said.

The driver of the Honda, Sean Patrick O'Brien, 23, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was in fair condition yesterday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said O'Brien was wearing his seat belt but that Jenkins and Atwood were not.

The couple had been dating for more than a year, said Jenkins' cousin, Ambra Washington. Atwood's mother said the two had probably met through friends and had known each other about two years.

Washington described her cousin as a friendly, intelligent young man who enjoyed rock 'n' roll and wore his hair in dreadlocks.

"He was very outgoing and always ready to hug you," she said. "That was his thing. He had a hug for everyone."

Washington said Jenkins had two brothers, ages 10 and 25. He lived with his mother and stepfather, she said.

Washington said Jenkins, who graduated from Southern High School in South Baltimore, worked in construction.

Atwood loved to draw, said her mother, Donna Atwood.

She attended Hereford High School and later earned her GED certificate. She had been thinking about enrolling in the culinary program at Baltimore International College, Donna Atwood said, and wanted to work in the food-service industry.

Atwood had an older brother and sister and a younger half brother and half sister, her mother said.

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