Police briefs

June 06, 2009

Woman hurt in Boonsboro-area crash

BOONSBORO -- A woman was in critical condition Saturday night after the vehicle she was riding in failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by another vehicle traveling on Alternate U.S. 40, according to a Maryland State Police press release and a hospital spokesperson.

Catherine McKenzie, 74, was being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the accident, which happened at the intersection of Alternate U.S. 40 and Mill Point Road in Boonsboro, troopers said.

Police responded at 10:40 a.m. and determined a 2004 Buick driven by Kathryn Miller, 61, failed to stop on Mill Point Road at the intersection, troopers said.

A 2000 Saturn operated by Karen Warner, 68, struck the passenger side of the Buick as it was eastbound on Alternate U.S. 40, troopers said.


W.Va. man charged after chase

WILLIAMSPORT -- A Berkeley County man was captured early Saturday after he crashed a car into a building in Williamsport near the Potomac River bridge while fleeing from West Virginia State Police, according to a Maryland State Police press release.

Videl Scott King, 22, of 11 Forever Green Drive in Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and other traffic charges, troopers said.

Maryland State Police were alerted of the pursuit by West Virginia State Police at 1:24 a.m., when the 2007 Mitsubishi that King was driving approached the Maryland state line, troopers said.

"The West Virginia trooper was forced to continue into Maryland due to entering onto the Potomac River Bridge and found that the suspect vehicle ... with temporary Maryland Registration, had failed to negotiate a curve on the Maryland side of the bridge and had crashed into a building owned by Miller Lumber Co.," police said in the release.

The West Virginia trooper detained King until Maryland State Police arrived and arrested him. The damage to the building did not affect its structural integrity, troopers said.

King refused medical treatment for injuries he sustained in the collision, troopers said.

King was to be taken before a Washington County District Court commissioner for a bond review, troopers said.

Hancock woman hurt in crash still critical

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A Hancock woman was in critical condition Saturday night at Washington County Hospital, two days after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Morgan County, W.Va., that left a Virginia Beach, Va., woman dead, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Patricia Shifflett, 62, of Hancock, was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after the car she was driving veered into the path of another vehicle on U.S. 522, police have said.

Elizabeth Ann DuBois, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened Thursday about 1 p.m., less than a mile from the Potomac River bridge on Brosius Hill, police have said.

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