Second woman dies of injuries suffered in carjacking, crash

September 23, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A second elderly woman has died of injuries suffered during a bizarre double carjacking and crash on the Eastern Shore on Sept. 9.

Margery Friel, 92, of Queenstown died Tuesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a hospital spokesman. Anna M. Walbert, 85, of Easton died at Shock Trauma on Sept. 11.

Edward J. Williams, 34, of Pasadena has been charged with carjacking and kidnapping.

Representatives of the Talbot County district attorney's office did not return phone calls seeking comment on whether additional charges would be brought.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of an editing error, an article that appeared Thursday incorrectly identified the office investigating a double carjacking and crash on the Eastern Shore earlier this month. The agency is the Talbot County State's Attorney Office. The Sun regrets the error.

Williams was held without bond in Talbot County, but was transferred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, where he remains.

Talbot County police said the incident began at Memorial Hospital at Easton, where Williams had been taken by a friend for a mental evaluation.

Williams, of the 7700 block of Lee Drive, is accused of stealing a gold-colored 1993 Chevrolet Caprice from the hospital parking lot. Walbert and another woman were in the back seat waiting for a relative, police said.

Police said the Caprice ran a red light at Route 404 in Queen Anne's County and struck a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier carrying Friel. She and Walbert were injured.

Williams is then accused of fleeing, forcing his way into a tan 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer and driving it east on U.S. 50.

Police said the driver eventually lost control of the Trailblazer and landed in a ditch, where a state trooper in a cruiser crashed into the vehicle, ending the chase.

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