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Baltimore woman dies following two-vehicle crash on U.S. 40

July 06, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The scene of a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Rt. 40 at the entrance to Greenbrier State Park near Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — A Baltimore woman died and two other people were taken to hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 40 at the entrance of Greenbrier State Park, Maryland State Police said.

Tiara Shaniece Elliott, 23, was taken by ambulance to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Elliott was ejected from a 2006 Honda Civic at 1:35 p.m. when it pulled from the park entrance into the path of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr., 55, of Hagerstown, police said.

The driver of the Civic, Cheron Nicole Leighton, 34, of Baltimore was also thrown from the car and was flown by state police helicopter to theR. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious injuries, police said.

Leighton was in criticial condition Friday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A second passenger in the Civic, Troy Robertson, 31, of Baltimore, who was not ejected in the crash, was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Coleman declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.

The roadway was closed for nearly two hours in both directions at the scene of the crash.

Smithsburg resident Kellie Gearinger-Brown said she was traveling west on U.S. 40 toward Hagerstown when she pulled up on the accident.

“I saw debris and people laying on the road,” she said.

Gearinger-Brown, who said she was a former emergency medical technician, helped a victim with an open head injury who was lying north of the roadway.

That person drifted in and out of consciousness, while the other person was unconscious with labored breathing, she said.

D.J. Lambright said he was cutting grass on a riding lawnmower on the north side of the roadway when he heard a crash. He said he was struck by one of the Honda’s bumpers after it separated from the vehicle.

“I literally didn’t turn the mower off. I just jumped off of it,” he said.

Lambright said he immediately called 911.

“It threw me in shock,” he said. “One person was moaning. The other was laying there breathing heavy .... (The collision) totally spun (the  Civic) around. It was insane.”

The accident occurred near the border of Frederick and Washington counties when Leighton drove from the park entrance and merged onto eastbound U.S. 40. She then made a U-turn to go westbound, and the Civic drove in front of the Tahoe, police said.

The Civic spun around several times after the collision, police said. The Tahoe came to rest facing east in the westbound lane of U.S. 40.

Two people in the Civic were found in a grassy area off the north shoulder of U.S. 40, Hagerstown Barrack commander Lt. Thomas Woodward said Friday afternoon.

The third occupant was found near the vehicle, which came to rest in a grassy area off the south side of the highway, Woodward said.

He said the occupants of the Honda were heading from the park to a nearby store.

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Editor's note: The age of Tiara Shaniece Elliott was changed on July 9, 2012, to correct an error.

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