Catonsville woman, 92, dies after 2-car crash in Howard

Another passenger, 91, critically injured in accident on U.S. 29

March 04, 2010|By Don Markus | Baltimore Sun reporter

An elderly woman riding in the back seat of a car died Wednesday in a Howard County accident, and another elderly female passenger was badly injured, police said.

Madeline Downing, 92, of Catonsville died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from a medical condition brought on by the collision, according to police. Virginia Callahan, 91, also of Catonsville, was in critical condition Thursday at Shock Trauma.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on U.S. 29 near Interstate 70. According to police, the driver of the 2005 Buick Park Avenue in which the women were passengers, Francis Xavier Callahan, 72, of Timonium, failed to stop at a red light and struck a 2006 Honda Civic as it crossed U.S. 29 to enter the ramp to westbound I-70.

A second rear passenger in the Buick, Adell McMahon, 83, of Baldwin, was taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Callahan was also taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The driver and lone occupant of the Honda, Patrick Joseph Eckenrode, 47, of Gettysburg, Pa., was also treated at and released from Howard County General.

As a result of the accident , southbound U.S. 29 was closed from Md. 99 to I-70 for about 40 minutes. Howard County police said their investigation continues.

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