Woman killed in chase-related crash
Stolen SUV collided with bystander’s vehicle
—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
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,
Ashley Ford and John Poore were sought for stealing an SUV in Rehoboth Beach, Del., which was later crashed in Elkton.