Motorcyclist is killed in Thanksgiving collision


November 24, 2007

A 73-year-old man may face drunken driving charges after a Thanksgiving Day accident in Northwest Baltimore left a motorcyclist dead, city police said yesterday.

The victim was identified as William Carter Jr., 47, of the 6200 block of Robin Hill Road in Gwynn Oak, Baltimore County. Police said Carter was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:30 a.m. accident in the 3700 block of W. Belvedere Ave.

Officer Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said Carter was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle west on Belvedere near Pimlico Race Course when an eastbound pickup truck made a sudden left turn onto Litchfield Avenue.

Moses said Carter had no time to stop, hit the truck and was thrown from the motorcycle. He said the truck ended up a block away on the front lawn of a house. The 73-year-old man, whose name was not released, was treated at Sinai Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The spokesman said officers at the scene detected an odor of alcohol from the driver of the pickup truck and a blood-alcohol test was administered at the hospital. Moses said investigators are awaiting the results of the test from the Maryland State Police lab.

Howard County

: Columbia

Crash injures three near mall

Three people were transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries early yesterday after a head-on, two-car collision near The Mall in Columbia, Howard County police said.

According to police, a 2002 Nissan Sentra was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 175 just east of Columbia Road when it struck an eastbound 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix with two occupants at 11:56 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

The driver of the Sentra, Phoebe Amanda Nandwa, 27, of Brookebury Drive in Reisterstown was in critical condition last night. The Grand Prix driver, Luther Landry, 20, of the 5000 block of Frankford Estates in Baltimore was treated at Shock Trauma and released. The name and medical condition of the 16-year-old passenger was not released.

Michael Dresser

Washington County

: Hagerstown

Child left in car; mother charged

Authorities in Washington County have charged a mother with leaving her 2-year-old child alone in a car while she went shopping.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said 20-year-old Laura Havens of Waynesboro, Pa., is charged with reckless endangerment and confining an unattended child.

Police say Havens left the child in a car with the engine off at Prime Outlets at Hagerstown. The stores opened at midnight for Black Friday.

The child was evaluated at a hospital and was found to be healthy.

Associated Press


: Zoo incident

Bear nips student in keeper program

A bear at a private zoo in Farmington, Pa., bit a participant from a Maryland college in a program for budding zookeepers and scratched a person who tried to help.

The bite victim required eight stitches, and the other person had minor injuries, said Sonny Herring, owner of the Woodland Zoo & More.

The victim, a student at Frostburg State University, was participating in a program called "zookeeper for a day."

Associated Press

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