Woman killed in chase-re­lated crash

Stolen SUV col­lided with by­stander’s ve­hi­cle

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

—A Per­ryville woman who was driv­ing a stolen SUV that crashed on Route 40 Mon­day night has died of her in­juries, ac­cord­ing to a Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­ity Po­lice spokesman.

Ash­ley Ford, 25, died just

ELK­TON

after 2 a.m. at Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma, re­ported MDTA Po­lice Lt. Kevin Ayd. Ford had to be cut from the Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban after it crashed into an­other ve­hi­cle in an at­tempt to flee from po­lice around 10 p.m.

Her pas­sen­ger, John Poore, 34, of Elk­ton, re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at Christiana Hospi­tal, where he was flown from the crash scene.

Singerly Fire Chief Tim Poore — no re­la­tion to John — said vol­un­teers from his fire com­pany worked for over a half hour to get the peo­ple in the SUV freed from the wreck­age after ex­tin­guish­ing the fire.

Ayd said the 2002 SUV was re­ported stolen Satur­day in Re­hoboth Beach, Del.

The Re­hoboth Beach Po­lice De­part­ment re­ported that a man and woman — now iden­ti­fied as Ford and Poore — stole a dark gray 2002 Chevro­let Sub­ur­ban with a Mary­land li­cense plate from an 80-year-old

man at 10:15 a.m. Satur­day.

They ap­proached the man at a Wawa and asked him for a ride to the Royal Farms in Re­hoboth Beach, po­lice re­ported. When they ar­rived and the vic­tim was out­side the ve­hi­cle, the sus­pects drove off.

The man called po­lice, which re­ported the make, model, li­cense plate and de­scrip­tion to out­side agen­cies.

On Mon­day night, MDTA po­lice dis­cov­ered the SUV trav­el­ing north on In­ter­state 95 and be­gan pur­suit. Get­ting off at Exit 100 in North East, the SUV drove down Route 272 to Route 40 and headed to­ward Elk­ton.

“As it en­tered the in­ter­sec­tion at Route 40 and Whitehall Road, it T-boned an­other ve­hi­cle,” Ayd said, not­ing the sus­pect’s SUV re­port­edly then burst into flames.

The driver of the other ve­hi­cle, Ti­mothy Heaps, 24, from Ris­ing Sun, was trans­ported by ground to Christiana Hospi­tal. Ayd re­ported that Heaps suf­fered non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

The wreck shut down the high­way for sev­eral hours as fire com­pany’s con­trolled the scene and a crash re­con­struc­tion team ex­am­ined it.

Ayd said po­lice in Re­hoboth Beach and the Mary­land State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice will de­ter­mine what,

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RBPD

Ash­ley Ford and John Poore were sought for steal­ing an SUV in Re­hoboth Beach, Del., which was later crashed in Elk­ton.

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