Westminster woman injured in Route 29 crash

A Westminster woman was seriously injured Thursday in a two-car collision after she tried to make a left turn on U.S. Route 29 in Columbia in front of a Ford Thunderbird, county police said.

Joan Niner, 40, was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was listed in stable condition yesterday in the neuro-trauma unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Thunderbird's driver, Stephen Thompson, 29, of the 9300 block of Matador Road, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, said police Officer Kevin Gavin.

The collision occurred about 1 p.m. Thursday at Route 29 and South Entrance Road, he said. Ms. Niner was in the right lane in her Mercury Sable heading south when she tried to turn left into a closed cut-around to head north on Route 29, Officer Gavin said.

Her car crossed the path of the Thunderbird heading south, Officer Gavin said.

Police said an investigation continues and charges are pending.


* Harper's Choice: 12100 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone smashed the driver's side window on a 1991 Ford Escort between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, and stole several items, including a $300 radar detector, a $100 amplifier, a $2,500 scope meter, $350 worth of assorted tools, a fishing box and a $10 wallet.

12100 block of Little Patuxent Parkway: Someone smashed the hatchback window on a 1992 Chevrolet between 2:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and stole a $550 power amplifier and a $450 custom-made speaker enclosure.

* Hickory Ridge: 10300 block of College Square: Someone stole a $100 gray 10-speed man's bicycle from a back yard between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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