Woman killed, 3 hurt in crash; racing...


Woman killed, 3 hurt in crash; racing suspected

An accident during an apparent high-speed race on southbound Wabash Avenue left one woman dead and three people injured last night, police said. Police responded to the 5900 block of Wabash about 4:15 p.m. after a 1993 Acura struck a Ford Escort that was trying to turn left from Mount Hope Drive onto Wabash. After the initial impact, the Escort careered into the northbound lane, where it struck a Chevrolet Malibu, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing the Acura and a white Corvette traveling at high speed before the accident, police said. Police were searching for the Corvette.

The female driver of the Escort was pronounced dead at the scene. As of late yesterday, investigators said they could not positively identify the woman. They noted that she was not carrying a driver's license and that photographs taken of her at the crash scene did not match a description of the person she was originally thought to be.

The Acura driver, Ata Ul Bari Hamed, 25, of the 7000 block of Windsor Mill Road, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he remained in serious but stable condition last night. Charges are pending against him, police said. The driver of the Chevrolet, Daisy Anderson, 48, of the 3700 block of Spaulding Ave., and her passenger, Yvonne Washington, 41, of the 1100 block of Webb Court, were also taken to Sinai and were listed in serious but stable condition last night, police said.

Man charged with murder in Friday beating death

Police have made an arrest in the fatal beating of a man Friday night in North Baltimore, but have not identified the victim.

Michael L. Munshi of the 3400 block of Brentwood Ave. has been charged with first-degree murder in the attack, which may have been carried out with a baseball bat recovered at the scene, said police spokeswoman Angelique Cook-Hayes.

Police said that officers responding to a call found the victim about 7:30 p.m. on the steps of Munshi's home. The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy. Munshi was being held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Man struck and killed by Amtrak train

A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train at Frederick and Caton avenues yesterday about 12:40 p.m. Amtrak officials did not release the victim's name.

The train was traveling from Washington to Boston; none of the 290 passengers was hurt, said Amtrak spokeswoman Cecilia Cummings.

Two of the four tracks were closed during the investigation.

In Baltimore County

Smithsburg teen named Md. Farm Bureau Queen

TIMONIUM - Jenny Herbst, 17, of Smithsburg was named 2001 Maryland Farm Bureau queen yesterday.

A senior at Smithsburg High School, Herbst was selected from among 21 contestants. The title carries a $6,500 prize.

Herbst's family lives on a dairy farm in Washington County. She is a member of two 4-H clubs and was president of the Smithsburg chapter of Future Farmers of America last year.

In Harford County

Motorcyclists' annual ride raises $205,000 for charity

BEL AIR - The fifth annual March of Dimes Ride in Harford County on Aug. 19 drew more than 3,000 motorcyclists and raised $205,000 for local organizations dedicated to preventing birth defects, organizers said.

The police-escorted motorcycle ride followed a 50-mile route through Harford County and ended on Main Street in Bel Air.

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