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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.

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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