Around The Region

August 08, 2009

Police identify woman killed in crash with stolen car

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Police have identified the woman killed Thursday afternoon in West Baltimore after her vehicle was struck by a man fleeing police in a stolen car. Kiera McKay, 23, of Randallstown was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center not long after the crash, which occurred about 3:40 p.m. at North Calhoun and West Lexington streets. A woman who identified herself as McKay's sister declined to comment, but television reports identified McKay as the mother of a 6-year-old daughter and said the woman was in the city receiving treatment at a local hospital after being diagnosed recently with lupus. Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force were performing surveillance near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when they saw a Honda Accord, which Maryland Transit Administration police said Friday had been reported stolen in an armed carjacking at the West Baltimore MARC stop. Sharon Wicker, an MTA spokeswoman, did not provide additional details. The driver of the Accord was listed in serious condition at a local hospital but has not been identified or charged by police.

- Justin Fenton

Water main break floods basements, closes street

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A water main break Friday in Northeast Baltimore flooded basements in eight homes and closed Kirk Avenue between Carswell and 29th streets. The 16-inch main broke about 10:45 a.m. on Kirk Avenue in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood, and water was shut down to about 150 customers, said Kurt Kocher of the city's Department of Public Works.

Officer struck by car during traffic stop; passenger injured

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A city police officer was treated for minor injuries after being struck in the left leg by a car during a Thursday night traffic stop in East Baltimore. The officer stopped a car for having its lights off about 11:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of McElderry St., police said. A second car, a gold Honda Accord, pulled up and its driver became belligerent because she could not pass on the one-way street, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The officer approached the car, and the driver put the car in reverse, knocking the officer to the ground, police said. A passenger in the car tried to get out, but the driver pulled away and dragged the passenger, police said. The driver fled the scene. The passenger was taken to an area hospital, according to police. Shantell Eley, 19, who called The Baltimore Sun and said she witnessed the incident, said the driver put the car in reverse after the officer attempted to pull her out of the vehicle. Eley said police then went back to the first car and pulled that driver out, throwing her into the car and taking her into custody. Monroe declined to address those claims.

- Justin Fenton

City woman, 32, might have been abducted, police say

Baltimore detectives were searching for a Baltimore woman who might have been abducted by her boyfriend. The couple has a history of domestic incidents, police said. A witness told police that Angelique Jones, 32, a corrections officer, appeared to have been pushed into a dark conversion van about 5 p.m. Friday at Wabash Avenue and West Northern Parkway. Police identified her companion as Sherman Williams, 33, of Baltimore. The couple also has access to a 2000 Mercedes sedan, Maryland tag 59493CA. Anyone with information on the pair is asked to call police at 410 396-2100.

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