Columbia woman killed in crash on Route 175


A woman was killed and her 12-year-old son critically injure yesterday when a dump truck ran a red light and collided with two vehicles on Route 175 in Columbia, Howard County police said.

Suzanne Bice, 43, of Columbia was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:30 p.m. accident, police said. Her son, Phillip, was in critical condition last night at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Police said the truck, driven by David Bernstein of Finksburg in Carroll County, was carrying a load of stones east on Route 175 when it moved into the intersection of Thunder Hill Road and struck Ms. Bice's Subaru and a Toyota Camry. The two cars were turning left from Thunder Hill onto Route 175.

The Subaru crossed the median, hit a Nissan Maxima traveling west and struck a guardrail before coming to a stop on Route 175, police said.

Mr. Bernstein was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released, said Lt. G. W. Livesay.

The driver of the Toyota, Theresa Wisniewski, 46, of Ellicott City, also was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released, police said.

Police were unable to provide any information on the condition of the driver of the Nissan, Phyllis Geisler, 50, of Bellwart Way in Columbia.

Residents said motorists, driving at speeds as high as 60 mph, frequently run red lights at the intersection.

"You have to wait until you're sure everybody stops because people are coming so fast," said Minnie Myles, who has lived near Thunder Hill Road since 1976.

"They . . . try to beat the light. This intersection is a disaster," she said.

Two firetrucks, ambulances and police responded to the accident, which backed up afternoon rush-hour traffic.

Police blocked off Route 175, forcing motorists to take routes 108 and 32.

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