Woman Dies In Crash With Fleeing Suspect In The City

August 07, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

A woman was killed Thursday afternoon in West Baltimore after her vehicle was struck by a man fleeing police in a stolen car, police said.

Police said the crash occurred about 3:40 p.m. at North Calhoun and West Lexington streets. The front bumper of the woman's vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, marked the site of the collision, while the vehicles came to rest about 75 feet away.

The Sentra lay on its side in a twisted heap next to the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy School as crash investigators surveyed the scene. The stolen vehicle, a Honda Accord, knocked over a small tree and hit a fence on the opposite side of the street on the property of Franklin Square Elementary School.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, made up of officers from Baltimore, Baltimore County and state police, were performing surveillance near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West Lexington Street when they saw the Honda Accord, which had been reported stolen in an armed carjacking.

Moses said officers, traveling in unmarked vehicles, hadn't initiated a pursuit when the driver apparently became "spooked" and took off. Because he was driving erratically, the officers were ordered not to give chase.

Several blocks away, the Accord struck the Sentra as it traveled south through the intersection, which is a four-way stop, Moses said. The female driver of that car was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Accord was taken to a local hospital and was listed in serious condition. Police did not immediately identify the dead driver or the suspect.

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