Two children were killed yesterday and eight members of their Freeport, N.Y., family were injured when their van struck a guardrail on Interstate 95.
The fatal crash was one of two accidents that almost brought both directions of the busy interstate to a halt near Elkridge for much of the morning.
The Chevrolet van was southbound on I-95 when the driver, Rosa Idalia Perez-Interiano, 30, lost control about 9: 20 a.m., striking a guardrail south of Route 100, said state police Cpl. Michael Powell. Four children, who had not been wearing seat belts, were thrown from the back of the van, he said.
One of them, Keiry Xiomaro Perez, 11, the driver's daughter, died at the scene. Gustavo Lopez, 10, Keiry's cousin, was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The other children thrown from the van, Elvis Gregory Perez, 10, and Larry Ernesto Perez-Interiano, 5, were listed in critical condition at Hopkins last night. Jose Morris Perez, 13, and
William Ernesto Perez, 6, were treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Hopkins, respectively, for minor injuries, police said. Jose Perez was listed in serious, stable condition at Shock Trauma last night; William Perez was stable at Hopkins.
Three men in the van -- Miguel Daniel Flores, 35; Ronnie Interiano, 20; and William Ernesto Interiano, 29 -- were in stable condition at Hopkins last night with minor injuries.
Rosa Perez-Interiano was in stable condition at Hopkins last night with injuries to her head and neck.
Ric Metzger of Essex was on his way to church in Washington when the crash closed part of the highway. He made his way to the injured family and offered comfort.
"It's very traumatic. Not a pretty sight for a Sunday morning on I-95," Metzger said.
About 10 minutes after the first crash, two cars collided in the northbound lanes of I-95, almost across from where the van had come to rest. That crash was caused by a third vehicle that apparently cut the others off, Powell said.
Three people were taken to St. Agnes Hospital from the second accident. They were not seriously injured, Powell said.
The southbound side of the highway was closed for several hours, with two lanes open on the northbound side.
Pub Date: 2/24/97