2 crashes leave 3 dead, including infant 9-month-old's mother in critical condition


Two men and a 9-month-old girl died in two unrelated traffic accidents in Carroll County Sunday, and the baby's mother was in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, authorities said yesterday.

Police said the child, Julia Christine Bowersox of the 400 block of Dotsie Drive in Westminster, was riding in a child restraint seat next to her mother, Barbara O. Bowersox, 33, who was driving a 1990 Buick Century north on Route 97 and had stopped to make a left turn onto Pleasant Valley Road at 11: 35 a.m.

Police said a 1993 Ford Mustang driven by Brent Henry Black, 22, of the 1500 block of Miller Road in Westminster struck the rear of the Buick, forcing it into the southbound lane of Route 97, where it was struck on the passenger-side front door by a 1991 Chevrolet Astro van driven by David F. Redding, 48, of Littlestown, Pa.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and her mother was flown to the Baltimore trauma center.

Mr. Redding also was flown to the trauma center, where he was treated and released late Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Mr. Black was uninjured, and three passengers in the Chevrolet were taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, police said.

In a 9: 35 p.m. accident on Route 30 in Manchester, two vehicles collided head-on; the drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

State police said Weldon L. Bowers, 57, of the 3200 block of Lineboro Road in Manchester was traveling north when his 1995 Ford Ranger pickup crossed the center line north of Michelle Road and collided with a southbound 1986 Cadillac driven by Robert S. Gettys, 57, of York, Pa.

Two passengers in the Cadillac, Karen Franklin, 36, of Mount Airy and Orlando Kibbe, 66, of Mount Airy, were flown to the trauma center in Baltimore.

Ms. Franklin was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.

Mr. Kibbe was treated and released, she said.

An investigation into what caused the Ford truck to cross the center line is continuing, Jerry F. Barnes, state's attorney for Carroll County, said yesterday.

Last week, state police said a crackdown on aggressive drivers that began last spring appeared to be reducing fatal traffic accidents in Carroll County and across the state.

Ten people have died on Carroll County roads this year, state police said. Twenty-five motorists were killed in Carroll last year, seven more than in 1994.

Pub Date: 4/30/96

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