3 killed, another 3 injured in Arundel car accidents

December 11, 2005|By GREG GARLAND | GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER

Three people were killed and three others injured in two separate auto accidents late Friday in Anne Arundel County, police said yesterday.

A car traveling at excessive speeds about 10 p.m. on New Jersey Avenue N.E. near Kent Road in Glen Burnie spun out of control on a patch of black ice and slammed into a utility pole, killing the driver, Damian Antwan Johnson, 20, and a front-seat passenger, Courtney Leigh Housand, 15, police said.

Three teenage passengers in the back seat of the 2000 Acura Integra were injured. All five were residents of Glen Burnie.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Sunday's edition listed the wrong age for the driver of a car who was one of two people killed in a traffic accident late Friday in Glen Burnie. The driver, Damian Antwan Johnson of the 400 block of Burwood Road, was 19, records show. The Sun regrets the error.

A separate accident shortly after 11:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Beach Road near Sansbury Road killed Summer Rose Karis, 25, of the 7600 block of Old Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach, police said.

In the earlier accident, Johnson, of the 400 block of Burwood Road, was headed west near the 300 block of New Jersey Ave. N.E. when his car hit a patch of black ice - melted snow that had refrozen, police said.

The vehicle spun into the eastbound lanes, struck a curb and then slammed into a utility pole on the driver's side of the car, police said.

The pole penetrated four feet into the car directly through the front seat, police said. Four of the five occupants had to be extricated by Fire Department rescuers.

Johnson was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition and died overnight, police said.

Housand, of the 1200 block of Guildford Road, was taken by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, where she was pronounced dead.

The three rear-seat passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries at area hospitals, police said. They were identified as Nicole Feliciano, 16, of the 7800 block of Leymar Road; Kaylin B. Clark, 15, of the 7900 block of Shetlands Dell; and Ryan Terrell Johnson, 16, of the 400 block of Burwood Road.

Excessive speed also was a factor in the other accident about an hour later in southern Anne Arundel County, police said.

Karis was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer east on Chesapeake Beach Road at a high speed when she tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone near Sansbury Road, police said.

As Karis tried to get her SUV back into the eastbound lanes of traffic, she lost control and it struck a guardrail in the westbound lanes, police said. Karis was thrown from the vehicle when it overturned. She was pronounced dead at Calvert Memorial Hospital shortly after midnight, according to police.

Police said it appeared that Karis was not wearing a seatbelt and that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

greg.garland@baltsun.com

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