Driver, 10-year-old daughter die in single-car crash on the Beltway


A Middle River man and his 10-year-old daughter were killed in a single-car accident on the Beltway yesterday morning, state police said.

Edward L. Ranson Jr., 33, and Brittany Lynae Ranson were in a 1993 Mazda on the highway near North Point about 9 a.m. yesterday, said Cpl. Mike Ridgell of the Maryland State Police's Golden Ring barracks.

"He was on the Inner Loop prior to North Point Boulevard when he went off the right roadside into the median," Ridgell said. "He sideswiped a transformer, then hit a brick wall head-on."

The circumstances that preceded the accident remained unclear yesterday, Ridgell said. Family members told state police that Ranson and his daughter were on their way to a service for a relative who had died. A cousin, whose name was not released, was in a car behind Ranson when the accident happened, Ridgell said.

Also unclear was what caused Ranson to run off the road. Ridgell said that family members said Ranson had asthma.

"We think it's probable that he was having some kind of attack, but we can't say for sure," Ridgell said. No skid marks led to the crash, he said. Ranson was not wearing a seat belt but the child was.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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