5 in car, pedestrian injured in accident

Vehicle strikes man, goes past stop sign, hits tree, police say

October 10, 2007|By Nicole Fuller and Gina Davis | Nicole Fuller and Gina Davis,SUN REPORTERS

A 16-year-old driver and her four passengers were injured, one critically, after she struck a pedestrian, narrowly missed another and crashed her car into a tree while speeding down a neighborhood street in northern Anne Arundel County, police said yesterday.

All five had to be extricated Monday night from the Ford Taurus, which police said "sustained a remarkable amount of damage."

A 15-year-old from Baltimore who was in the back seat was listed in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The driver, a resident of Baltimore, was in fair condition. Two other passengers, ages 16 and 17, also were listed in fair condition at the hospital. Police are not naming any of the juveniles.

The owner of the Taurus, Sean Patrick O'Neil, 22, of Millersville, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken to Harbor Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The pedestrian, Ronald O'Neal Gayles, 55, suffered minor injuries.

The incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. when Gayles was struck at Hoffman Avenue near Berlin Avenue in Pumphrey; the car that hit him did not stop, police said. It continued north on Hoffman Avenue at high speed, police said, passing through the intersection of Belle Grove Road without stopping at a stop sign.

The car went out of control as it neared the intersection with Bishop Avenue, where it entered a driveway and nearly struck a female before slamming into a tree.

No charges have been filed while the investigation continues. Police said "speed is believed to have been a major factor in this crash" but alcohol does not appear to have been involved.

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com gina.davis@baltsun.com

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