2 girls hurt in accidents remain in hospital; 11-year-old critical, 8-year-old fair at Johns Hopkins


Two young girls seriously injured in separate car accidents late last week were at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday -- one in critical condition, the other upgraded to fair.

After sustaining life-threatening injuries Thursday night in the crash of a sport utility vehicle and Baltimore fire engine, 11-year-old Andrea Barnes remained in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The other girl, 8-year-old Philisha Johnson, who was hit by a car Friday night, was upgraded yesterday from critical to fair condition at Hopkins, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Andrea was transferred Friday afternoon to Hopkins from Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She was injured Thursday night at West Lafayette Avenue and North Gilmor Street in West Baltimore when a Baltimore firetruck struck the Ford Explorer being driven by her mother, Andretta D. Miller, of the 1200 block of N. Gilmor St.

Police said yesterday that the accident is under investigation.

Friday's accident occurred when Philisha tried to follow her mother across the street to a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 1100 block of N. Calvert St.

Police said the driver of the Toyota didn't see the girl until it was too late. The driver was not charged.

Yesterday at Booth House, the Salvation Army homeless shelter where Philisha and her mother, Annette Butler, had been staying, residents said prayers for the girl and sent balloons and cards to her.

"We just really hope she'll be OK," said Kimberly Tuggle, the resident clerk at Booth House. She described Philisha as "a sweet, well-mannered little girl."

"When she sees me, she lights up like a little match," Tuggle said. "I used to sit out front in the morning and watch her run outside and catch the school bus."

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