Maryland Police Chase Ends With One Dead, Three To Hospital

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Havre De Grace, MD – One person is dead and three are injured after driver flees an attempted traffic stop in a stolen vehicle in Harford County, according to Maryland State Police Spokeswoman Elena Russo.

The driver of a stolen blue 2005 Subaru Outback was pronounced deceased at Harford Memorial Hospital, according to Russo. The three passengers are receiving medical treatment at area hospitals for injuries sustained in the crash.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. last night, a Maryland state trooper from the North East Barrack activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on a blue 2005 Subaru Outback on eastbound Route 40 at Landing Lane in Elkton, Cecil County. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Baltimore City. The driver of the Subaru refused to stop, made a u-turn and continued westbound on Route 40 traveling at a high rate of speed, according to Russo.

As the driver approached westbound Route 40, east of Mechanic Valley Road, the trooper broke away from the pursuit. The driver slowed at the red light and continued westbound on Route 40, west of Route 272, where shortly thereafter, another trooper attempted a traffic stop. Again, the driver failed to stop and accelerated away, said Russo.

Stop sticks were successfully deployed in two different locations in the Perryville area in an attempt to slow the vehicle down. With two flat tires, the driver continued to drive westbound on Route 40 across the Hatem Bridge. As the driver crossed into Harford County, he lost control and struck a light pole in the median, disabling the vehicle at westbound Route 40 and Ostego Street in Havre de Grace.

Emergency medical personnel responded and immediately rendered aid. Two of the passengers were transported to Christiana Memorial Hospital. One passenger was transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Troopers have identified the deceased driver as Terrence Gibson, Sr., 42, of Columbia, Maryland.  He was pronounced deceased at Harford Memorial Hospital. Autopsy results are pending. Gibson was the driver of the 2005 Subaru Outback, reported stolen through the Baltimore City Police Department on January 12, 2018.

The passenger in the front seat is identified as Melissa Ann Williams, 30, of Middle River. She was transported to Christiana Hospital by ambulance where she is receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

The backseat passengers are identified as Joseph Taylor, 41, of Edgewood and Nicole Lashawn King, 42, of Baltimore.  Taylor was transported to Christiana Hospital by helicopter from Delaware State Police. King was transported by Maryland State Police medevac to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.  Both are receiving medical treatment for injuries sustained in the crash.

Troopers from the JFK Barrack and North East Barrack were assisted by officers from the Perryville Police Department. The intersection at westbound Route 40 and Ostego Street in Havre de Grace was closed as Troopers investigated the crash. closed.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and consultation with the Harford County State’s Attorney.  The Maryland State Police Crash Team continues the investigation.

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