Passenger in stolen car is killed in wreck


One Woodstock Job Corps student was killed and another injured when the stolen car they were riding in last night crashed into a tree near the center's entrance, Baltimore County police said.

The driver, Robert Eugene Taylor, 18, of the 3100 block of Lyndale Place, Washington, a former Job Corps student, allegedly fled the scene and has been charged in a warrant with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. It was not known if Mr. Taylor was injured.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Steveland Wayne Cooke, 21, of Wilmington, Del.

Listed in good condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with head and chest injuries is Syrian Talbert, 21, who was trapped in the demolished car before being freed by firefighters.

Traffic Officer Roy Jerrell said Mr. Cooke and Ms. Talbert were shopping at a department store on Liberty Road in Randallstown with several other Job Corps students and were about to return to Woodstock by bus when they accepted a ride with Mr. Taylor, who was driving a 1993 Honda Accord with Virginia tags that had been stolen several days ago.

The car was following the bus back to Woodstock around 8:30 p.m. and was westbound on a dimly lighted section of the 10900 block of Old Court Road when it left the wet roadway at an excessive speed near the center's entrance and hit a tree.

Officer Jerrell said the car's passenger side took the full impact with the tree, causing Mr. Cooke to be partially ejected through the windshield.

Baltimore County firefighters from stations at Liberty Road, Pikesville, Arbutus and Randallstown, and a unit from Carroll County responded.

State Police said Mr. Cooke's death brought to 274 the number of persons killed this year on the state's roadways.

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