Forest Hill Accident Claims Life

The accident took place around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

UPDATE (10:17 a.m.)—One woman is dead and three were injured in a Thursday afternoon accident in Forest Hill that involved a trailer carrying two horses.

Bradley Garrett Baker, of Fallston, was stopped on Grafton Shop Road preparing to cross MD Route 23, or East-West Highway, in a 1998 Chevy S-10 at around 3:30 p.m., according to Maryland State Police with the Bel Air Barrack.

At the same time, a 2000 Peterbuilt oil tanker was heading west on Route 23 while a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban towing a horse trailer was eastbound on the highway, state police said.

Baker told police he didn’t see the Suburban through the glare of the setting sun and pulled directly into its path, according to a release from state police.

The Suburban, driven by Mary Helene Niles, of Street, crashed into the S-10 on the right corner and continued into oncoming traffic where it was hit on the passenger side by the oil tanker, police said.

The front passenger of the Suburban, Deborah Ann Wimbrough, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police. Niles, the driver, was flown by medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that did not appear life threatening.

Baker refused treatment at the scene.

The driver of the oil tanker, Charles Anthony Chew, and his passenger, Ralph Davis III, were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

The horses survived the crash. Animal control and a local vet were caring for the animals in the wake of the accident, Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association said.

MD Route 23 remained closed to traffic between MD Route 24 and High Point Road for several hours as police conducted their on-scene investigation. Fire personnel also remained on scene to assist.

Take Responsibility! February 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Horrible intersection. I was through there right before this happened. I cross 23 a lot as I live on J-ville rd. You have to be on top of your game there, and hit the gas to get across. Thoughts to all involved.
Allison February 22, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Yes too many people killed at that intersection! When are they going to put a traffic light or traffic circle in to slow down traffic and save lives! I pray for those involved.
DLR February 22, 2013 at 01:59 AM
I drove by this accident tonight. Just awful!! The one truck was smashed beyond recognition. I moved to forest hill in July 2012 and there was a fatality at this same intersection. They should put a traffic circle at Grafton Shop and 23 and also at High Point Rd. I have heard way too many sirens and way too many helicopters flying overhead for accidents on 23. They also shop put some rivet strips on Grafton shop approaching 23 also rivet strips on road on high point rd to warn that they must stop. I have seen someone not stop not realizing it was 23 totally oblivious. Please make changes Harford county before another person is killed!
Terry February 22, 2013 at 02:23 AM
WBALTV is reporting it as a fatal accident. A woman was killed. so sorry
Bob Rodahaver February 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM
In my opinion, the majority of people drive like they are the only vehicle on the road with absolutely NO respect for others. Most times these collisions are more of an incident than an accident - Incident's are caused, Accidents happen!
Jean February 22, 2013 at 03:25 PM
so sad. I have been in Forest Hill for 23 years and I recall a young woman and her 2 children killed on the same spot. They need something to slow people down. I get the willies every time we go that way to get to 23.
Terry February 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I guess Baker doesn't own sunglasses?
MVPHKR February 22, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I agree totally. A traffic circle there is desperately needed.
Michelle February 22, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Terry, That was such an inappropriate statement, thinking of the family that has lost someone. Also Bradley will live with this forever and he is someone that cares about others.and is a very nice young man. I have driven by that spot many times and unable to see when the sun is going down and almost been hit, and I wear sunglasses. Have some consideration for others
DLR February 23, 2013 at 12:31 AM
What an inappropriate comment. This is a tragedy for all involved.
lynn February 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM
The woman that was killed was a friend of mine. She was a beautiful, kind, compassionate lady. Debbie didn't deserve this. I guess when it comes down to it, nobody who is just minding their own business doing nothing wrong EVER derserves this. It is just such a tragedy. My heart goes out to Don and her 3 kids, and even to Bradley Baker, he's going to have to face each day knowing he accidently killed a wonderful lady. R.I.P. Debbie, I am honored to have known you.:(
suz February 23, 2013 at 01:13 AM
when people leave comments like this, it really makes me wish the Patch would just report the story and leave no room for any comments.
Jeffrey Tidey February 23, 2013 at 03:15 AM
The police as an a government agency don't seem to be very interested in making the roads safer. If they were there would be more undercover cars to catch the most aggressive drivers. Many people drive 8-10 MPH over the speed limit. I am not suggesting this is lawful but that is not what causes accidents. It is those who constantly tailgate and engage in aggressive tactics that cause most all accidents. I see it every day in Harford County as drivers feel that there life and schedule are so much more important than everyone else. They pass on the shoulder to get a few cars ahead. They turn every stop sign and light into a rolling yield and inject themselves into traffic. I have not witnessed a single aggressive driver pulled over in the last 20 years that I have lived in this county.
Debbie Harris February 23, 2013 at 04:19 AM
The lady that was killed in this accident was like a sister to me. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, giving person ever. She was like another mother to my daughter and taught her how to ride. It is hard to feel bad for Baker when your sitting at this end of the stick. Me and her family have been looking at the front door waiting for her to walk through. Keep on looking down on us my angel.
Irene Pearson February 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Debbie was our yoga instructor at McPhail center. Many of us took the class over many times because of Debbie. She made it so enjoyable that the hour class seemed more like a half hour. She will be missed by many and the class will never be the same. RIP Debbie. We love you!
Thomas Beveridge February 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Sunglasses or window tint. I dont feel your comment was inappropriate, because "the sun" is a lame excuse when a death is involved.
lynn February 24, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Does anyone know about the funeral arrangement? Debbie and her yoga class were what kept me sane. She had such a bubbly personality, and always had a smile on her face. I learned so much from her classes. R.I.P and Namaste Deb.
The Bead Box February 24, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Debbie was a very nice lady .She was my daughters step-mother. Don is holding up the best that he can, and the kids are doing ok. Cara is having the hardest time as you will be having a baby any day now. There will be a one day viewing at Evans in Forest Hill on Tuesday . She will be cremated. Rip Debbie.....
Just The Occasion February 25, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Debbie worked at my store for awhile and people would always tell me how sweet she was. It was my pleasure to have known her. She was always thinking of others and just a joy to be around. My heart goes out to her family. I am sure she will be watching over you from the Heavens! God Speed Deb....you will be missed.
Lauren February 28, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Completely inappropiate. Do any of you people ever stop to think that ANY of those people involved in this horrible accident could easily have been u, someone you love or know?? The point is life lost or spared? It's a complete tragedy from all ends. These types of accidents happen everyday and you never know which side of the wheel you could end up on? Just some Godly advice stop wasting your time pointing the finger & start praying for ALL involved. God Bless ALL those involved.


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