Collision involving stolen car kills one

Police were pursuing vehicle implicated in injury of city officer


A stolen car sought since Saturday evening, when its driver backed into and injured a Baltimore police officer, was spotted and pursued by police in the city yesterday until it slammed into a vehicle carrying a family of three - killing one of them, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 3:50 p.m. at Eden and Madison streets in East Baltimore, demolishing the car carrying the family and flipping it onto its roof. The stolen car - a Toyota Camry - then crashed into a rowhouse at the southwest corner of the intersection, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

The three people in the overturned car were taken to nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the mother died. Her husband was in critical condition, while their daughter sustained minor injuries and was in good condition, police said.

The driver of the Camry was being treated at an undisclosed hospital, and faces multiple criminal and traffic charges, including attempted murder in the injury of the officer Saturday evening, police said.

Names were not released last night.

Police said the black Camry had been reported stolen in Howard County, and was followed Saturday by Officer Edward Mendez into a gas station at Orleans and Washington streets. When Mendez got out of his patrol car and approached the Camry from behind, ordering the driver to get out, the car went into reverse. Mendez was struck and thrown several feet, while the driver pulled away at high speed.

Mendez was released after treatment at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

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