Reisterstown boy, 3, dies of injuries in I-695 accident

October 04, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 3-year-old Reisterstown boy was killed early yesterday in a three-vehicle crash on the Baltimore Beltway, Maryland State Police said.

The boy, Parker Rothering, and his parents, Kelly M. Rothering and David J. Rothering, both 33 and of the first block of Hanover Road, had been in a Dodge Grand Caravan that was merging from York Road to the outer loop of Interstate 695 when the crash occurred about 12:30 a.m., police said. Police said Parker appeared to have been properly secured in a child safety seat in the back seat.

The 29-year-old driver of a Saturn moved to the center lane to allow the minivan to merge, police said, and then the driver of a 1997 Ford truck traveling in the far-right lane rear-ended the minivan and sideswiped the Saturn, police said.

The Saturn's driver, Matthew A. Koenig of Baltimore, was not injured. Neither the driver of the truck nor his front-seat passenger was injured, police said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. No charges had been filed yesterday afternoon.

Two lanes of the outer loop near York Road were closed for about five hours yesterday morning while the crash team investigated the accident. Parker was flown to the Johns Hopkins Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead. His parents were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins, where they were treated and released.

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