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Crash-scene helper helps self to $1,075


A motorist en route to bail out her husband was injured in an accident with a police car, and her purse with the bail money was stolen while bystanders were trying to free her from her overturned vehicle, city police said.

Police said Linda Conway, 32, of the 4300 block of Greenhill Ave. was westbound in the 1000 block of E. Preston St. about 6:50 p.m. yesterday and had the green light at Ensor Street when her 1991 Nissan Pathfinder was struck by a police car headed north on Ensor, responding to an assault in progress.

Officer Nicole Leake, 26, told investigators that she had stopped for the red light before entering the intersection. Witnesses said the police car's flashers and siren were on.

Police said bystanders were trying to free Ms. Conway from her vehicle when someone grabbed her purse containing $1,075 -- money she had planned to use to make bail for her husband, who had been arrested.

Police said Ms. Conway was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was treated for a broken left finger and lacerations. Officer Leake was in fair condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

No charges have been filed.

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