Three die, seven hurt in Harford crashes


Three people were killed and seven people were injured -- including a bride-to-be who had just left her wedding rehearsal dinner at a local inn -- in a series of crashes yesterday and late Friday in Harford County.

Jovan Lamar Brooks, 17, of the 800 block of Walker St. in Aberdeen was killed yesterday after the speeding BMW he was driving eastbound on Route 22 west of Interstate 95 drifted into the path of an oncoming 2000 Chrysler Sedan at about 4:45 p.m., state police said.

Brooks was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the Chrysler, Joseph Magby, of the 100 block of Baltimore St. in Aberdeen was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with head and neck injuries, and was in serious condition last night.

Alcohol was not a contributing factor in the accident, but drinking did contribute to a series of accidents Friday, police said.

Eric E. Coan, 19, of the 700 block of Schofield Road in Aberdeen, was charged with two counts of negligent manslaughter in an automobile and two counts of negligent manslaughter while intoxicated.

Police say he was speeding and driving drunk when his car rear-ended a minivan, sending it spinning into an oncoming vehicle. He then fled the scene and struck another vehicle before his car was disabled, police said.

Police said Coan was eastbound on Route 155 near Paradise Road in a 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix when he suddenly made a U-turn and struck a 1989 Dodge Caravan from the rear at about 11:15 p.m.

The van spun into the eastbound lane of the country road, where it was struck by a sport utility vehicle in which the wedding party was traveling, police said.

About three miles down the road from the first collision, Coan made another U-turn, rear-ending a 1998 Ford Escort police said.

Tracey L. Shepard, 33, of Port Deposit, who was driving the Dodge Caravan, and passenger Deborah E. Fitzpatrick, 33, of Havre de Grace were killed.

The four people in the Toyota 4Runner -- the bride-to-be, her matron of honor, a bridesmaid and a groomsman -- were transported to area hospitals. None had life-threatening injuries.

The wedding -- scheduled for last night -- has been postponed.

Tiffany D. Pride, 25, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the matron of honor, was in fair condition yesterday at Shock Trauma.

Bridesmaid Erin Fitzgerald, 24, of Haddon Heights, N.J., was driving the sport utility vehicle. She also was in fair condition at Shock Trauma yesterday .

The bride-to-be, Kellie A. Shaughnessy, 25, of Palm Beach, Fla., was treated and released from Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

Groomsman Robert M. Wever, 28, of Haddon Heights, N.J., was hospitalized, police said, but they did not know his condition.

Police said the Ford Escort driver, Rose Pemberton, 39, of Havre de Grace, also was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her condition was unknown.

Coan was treated at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was booked at the state police barracks in Bel Air and taken to the Harford County Inter-Agency Processing Center.

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