Woman charged in fatal Feb. pileup


A Silver Spring woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving in connection with the 22-car pileup on Interstate I-195 in February that left one man dead and 11 people injured.

Terryn Jean Barker, 43, of the 2100 block of Luzerne Ave., was arrested Sunday at her home. She also was charged with driving an uninsured vehicle, state police said.

Ms. Barker, who moved to Maryland shortly before the accident, had her California license suspended because of the number of accidents she had been in, according to Annapolis District Court records.

Initially, state police said poor road conditions caused by freezing rain caused the Feb. 26 accident that closed I-195 for more than four hours. However, interviews with witnesses and Ms. Barker led to the filing of charges.

Ms. Barker told police she drank two beers at the Cancun Cantina in the 7500 block of Old Telegraph Road, in Hanover.

She left the club and headed north on Aviation Boulevard to the ramp onto westbound I-195, police said.

As she approached the intersection of I-195 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway about 10:30 p.m., Ms. Barker lost control of her car, hit two roadside barriers and struck a car, triggering a chain reaction that eventually involved 21 other cars, police said.

Police said the severity of the accident prevented them from administering a Breathalyzer test to Ms. Barker.

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