4 killed in traffic crashes Cockeysville man killed after leaving party in Baltimore.


Four people died in separate traffic accidents in the region over the weekend, the latest being a 24-year-old Cockeysville man who was struck by a car at the Inner Harbor early yesterday after attending a bachelor party for a friend at the Omni Hotel.

Owen Richard Henderson, of the 100 block of Roosevelt Road, stepped off a dividing island in the first block of W. Fayette St. near North Charles Street into the path of a westbound 1990 Ford Mustang at 2:10 a.m., said Officer Tony Petralia, of the city's traffic police. He was with several friends who also attended the party.

The car was driven by Keith Cartwright, 28, of the 100 block of Long Pine Court in Woodlawn.

Henderson, who had been drinking, landed 150 feet from the point of impact and sustained massive injuries to the head and both legs, Petralia said.

Henderson was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he died at 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

Petralia said Cartwright received facial injuries, the result of hitting the windshield of his car, and was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.

The city prosecutor's office was continuing its review of the accident.

In an accident Saturday evening in Montgomery County, a Washington woman died after losing control of her car and crashing into the front of a Takoma Park firehouse. She may have been the victim of a fatal heart attack, police said.

Phyllis May Beckwith, whose age was between 65 and 70 and who lived on Rittenhouse Street, N.E., may have have had a heart attack seconds before she crashed into the fire station, Takoma Park police said.

Police said Beckwith was driving on Carroll Avenue about 8:25 p.m. Saturday and was nearing the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue when her car suddenly swerved to one side and crashed into the closed front door of the fire station, narrowly missing a medic standing outside the station.

Police said the car went through the door and struck the rear of a fire truck, moving it forward several feet.

Police said no one in the station was injured. Beckwith was taken by ambulance to Washington's Adventist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Earlier that day, a 29-year-old Columbia man was killed in a one-car accident on Interstate 795, state police said.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Donald Lewis Rode, of the 9700 block of Clock Tower Lane, was driving a 1988 Ford truck west on Franklin Boulevard when he entered a ramp to go south on I-795.

Police said Rode was accelerating down the ramp when he ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. The impact, police said, caused the truck to overturn, ejecting Rode. Police said Rode, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friday evening, a 74-year-old Caroline County woman died after the van she was driving on a state road near Easton crashed into the rear of a moving van.

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