Charges likely in fatal crash

Perry Hall woman, son killed when Jeep hits them head-on

November 09, 2008|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

Maryland State Police said yesterday that they plan to charge the driver of a Jeep involved in Friday evening's rush-hour crash on the Bel Air Bypass.

State police also identified the mother and son who were killed in the three-vehicle accident. Katherine S. Brady, 31, the front-seat passenger of a minivan that was struck head-on by the Jeep, and Wilson Brady, 8, who was one of two children in the rear seat of the minivan, were pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

The minivan's driver, Stephen M. Brady, 32, was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The other child, Ian Brady, 2, was in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The family lives in Perry Hall.

The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, Christopher Lentz, 37, of Glen Arm, also was flown to Shock Trauma. He was listed in serious condition.

Police shut down the U.S. 1 bypass for about seven hours after the 5 p.m. crash just north of the Vale Road overpass.

Crash investigators believe Lentz lost control of his Jeep and swerved into oncoming traffic, striking the Saturn Relay minivan head-on, causing it to spin out of control and strike a 2004 Ford van behind it.

The driver of the Ford van, Bryan Kearchner, 36, of Delta, Pa., was taken by an ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police said they will consult with the Harford County state's attorney's office before filing any charges.

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