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Man charged after I-70 accident

January 13, 1999

I-70 accidentBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




A driver faces drug charges after police found six ounces of crack cocaine in a child's backpack after a Tuesday morning wreck on Interstate 70 near Exit 40, according to Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Wayne Smith.

Steven Michael Sanders, 34, of 3714 Hayes St., Washington, D.C., was charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute, police said. He also was charged with negligent driving in the 9:30 a.m. wreck, according to police.

Smith said Sanders was driving west on I-70 when his car ran off the road and into guard rails.

The 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier then skidded across both lanes and into the center median before flipping over.

The driver and his two passengers, a woman and a child, who was sitting on the woman's lap, were thrown from the car, according to police.

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Sanders was treated at Washington County Hospital and released.

The woman, identified by police as Tammie Cabbagestalk, 28, was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Washington County Hospital, police said.

The child, 3-year-old Dominique McCoy, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her condition was unavailable Tuesday night.

Smith said witnesses, who saw Sanders driving for about 10 miles, said he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.

State police identified the backpack as the child's since it was pink and had a Rugrats decal on it.

He said police searched the car in an attempt to identify the passengers.

Sanders' bond hearing was pending Tuesday night, said Smith.

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