Catonsville woman, 92, dies after two-car crash in Howard County

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

March 05, 2010|By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com

An elderly woman riding in the back seat of a car died Wednesday after 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 of 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 about 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 injuries that were not deemed life-threatening, 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 Howard County General and released.

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

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