`Loud boom' recalled

Driver remembers being comforted after 4-vehicle crash in Middle River

March 02, 2006|By NICK SHIELDS | NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER

Mieshia Myers was heading home after slipping several bills in the mail when, she said, she heard a "loud boom."

She slammed on her breaks - but seconds later she was stuck inside her car.

Myers was one of 12 people who police said were taken to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon after a van from an adult day care center collided with a car that had crossed the median strip into oncoming traffic on Eastern Boulevard in Middle River. She was driving a Hyundai that crashed into the back of the van.

Police yesterday released the names of the people taken to hospitals. They said the crash was still under investigation.

The accident occurred after a Volvo headed west on Eastern Boulevard crossed into the eastbound lanes, police said. The Volvo sideswiped a Chevrolet pickup truck - which crossed through the westbound lanes and came to a stop off the road - and then collided with the van from Friendship Adult Medical Day Center, police said.

Myers, 28, of the 100 block of Akin Circle in Middle River, said that after the crash she felt her ankle throbbing. She said a man rushed to her door.

"He said, `Miss, we've got to get you out of the car before it catches on fire,'" Myers recalled by phone yesterday afternoon. She said the man tugged at her shoulders and pulled her out of the car. "He carried me a certain distance and said, `I'm going to have to lay you down now,'" she said, adding that the man also told her, "I'm going to stay here right by your side."

Myers said the man held her hand until paramedics arrived. She said she was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was found to have a broken ankle. She said she doesn't know the man's full name but is grateful for his help.

At the Friendship Adult Medical Day Center in Rosedale, a man, who did not give his name, said yesterday that the organization would not comment on the crash. The county Department of Aging sent a social worker to the center to offer counseling, a county spokeswoman said.

Police identified seven people from the center's van who were taken to hospitals after the crash. They were the driver, Martin Brown Jr., 67, of Perry Hall; Lorean Crosby, 81, of Rosedale; Jay Sellers, 37, Frederick Glenn, 36, and Dorothy Jones, 68, all of Middle River; and Jessie Jones, 81, and Charles McDonald, 65, both of Chase.

Brown and Jessie Jones were released from Franklin Square Hospital Center by last night, the hospital said. Attempts to determine the conditions of the others were unsuccessful last night.

The driver of the Volvo was identified as Wayne Coppage, 45. Police did not provide an address. He and a passenger, Christian Graves, 6, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The hospital said last night that a child named Christian Graves was admitted Tuesday but no condition was available. The hospital said Coppage was not listed.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Bart Burton, 43, of Chase. His passenger was identified as Bart Burton Jr., 10. Both were released from Franklin Square Hospital Center, according to the hospital.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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