Eastern Boulevard accident victim remains in critical condition

Woman's toddler son is a patient at Children's National Medical Center

July 25, 2012
  • Stephen James Bonafede
Washington County Sheriff's Office

A Hagerstown woman who was injured with her 3-year-old son in a fatal traffic accident Monday night on Eastern Boulevard remained hospitalized Wednesday.

Denise Baez, 22, was listed in critical condition at R Adams Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Her son, Yesiel Baez, was a patient at Children’s National Medical Center inWashington, D.C., but his medical condition was unknown, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carly Hose.

The accident occurred at about 11 p.m. Monday on Eastern Boulevard south of Security Road.
Deputies said the Baezes were traveling south on Eastern Boulevard in a 1999 Toyota Corolla when the vehicle was struck by a northbound 2004 Cadillac CTS being driven by Stephen Bonafede, 28, of Mountville, Pa.

The front-seat passenger in the Toyota, Luis Enrique Salazar-Reyna, 19, of Hagerstown, died shortly after the accident at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown.


The sheriff’s office said the Baezes were taken to Meritus Medical Center, then flown to other hospitals.

Bonafede was charged with one count each of negligent manslaughter by vehicle; criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle; negligent vehicle homicide — under the influence; negligent vehicle homicide — while impaired; driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol; and driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

He also was charged with two counts each of causing life-threatening injuries with a vehicle while impaired and causing life-threatening injuries with a vehicle under the influence.

Bonafede was released from the Washington County Detention Center on Tuesday after posting $100,000 bond, a Washington County District Court commissioner said.

— Dan Dearth 

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