Mother Dies After Crash That Killed Son

July 01, 2009|By Don Markus | Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com

A Sykesville woman has died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident last week that killed her 13-year-old son and injured her 5-year-old daughter.

Kyong Hae Kim, 51, of the 12200 block of Howard Lodge Road died Monday night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she had been taken in critical condition last Wednesday after the accident near her family's home.

Kim, whose friends called her Jennifer, was taking her son, Vincent, and her daughter, Jacqueline, to a riding lesson at a nearby stable when she pulled out of the neighborhood at River Road and was trying to head south on Route 32.

A flat-bed tow truck driven by a Westminster man was northbound on Route 32 when it collided with Kim's Mazda van. Vincent was pronounced dead at Howard County Hospital later that day. Jacqueline was taken to Children's Hospital in Washington and was released a couple of days later.

The driver of the truck, 39-year-old Tymothy Thatcher, was not injured.

No charges have been filed, and police are still investigating.

A neighbor of Kim and her husband, Robert Woodward, said that Kim's biggest passions were her children and her flowers.

"She was always doing something with them, she was always taking them somewhere," said David Yingling, a neighbor. "There was always some activity."

Yingling said that he often talked with Kim about her flowers

"She was an avid gardener," said Yingling, who is one himself. "We used to go back and forth" talking about flowers.

Details of funeral services for Kim and her son have not yet been determined.

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