Woman killed, 4 people hurt in 3-car crash Police say motorist may face homicide, manslaughter charges


A 79-year-old woman was killed and four other people injured in a three-car crash at the intersection of The Alameda and E. Cold Spring Lane late last night, city police said.

Pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center was Leonary Brown, of the 500 block of Willow Ave. in Govans.

Officer Tony Petralia of the city police traffic investigation section said Anthony W. Gaskins, 40, of the 1500 block of Fernley Road, Northwood, was driving a 1985 Cadillac north in the 4400 block of The Alameda at 11:10 p.m. when he ran a red light at East Cold Spring Lane and struck a 1991 Ford Fiesta being driven west on East Cold Spring Lane by Rushele Sanders, 25, who lived with Ms. Brown, a passenger in her car.

Mr. Gaskins' car then entered the southbound lane of The Alameda and crashed into a 1983 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Eric Cole, 30, of the 1400 block of Wentworth Ave., Parkville, Baltimore County.

Officer Petralia said Mr. Gaskins, who was allegedly combative and abusive, was being treated at the scene by the crew of a fire department ambulance and was wearing a neck collar and a wooden support board on his left arm when he bolted from the ambulance and attempted to flee.

He was caught by police officers, who restrained him and placed him back in the ambulance.

At Union Memorial Hospital, he refused to be treated for injuries and had to be tied down on a stretcher and placed under a police guard in the emergency room, police said.

Officer Petralia said charges of homicide by motor vehicle and vehicular manslaughter were expected to be placed today against Mr. Gaskins, following a review of the accident by the state's attorneys office.

Other charges, including driving while impaired or intoxicated, were pending the results of tests.

The officer said Ms. Sanders was treated at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center and released and that Mr. Cole and a passenger in his car, Tonya Turner, 28, also of the 1400 block of Wentworth Ave., were each treated for injuries at Union Memorial.

4 Their conditions were not immediately available.

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