A mother driving four teenagers home from an outing at a skating rink was killed Friday night and all four teens were injured when an unlicensed driver crossed the center line and slammed into their car head-on, Anne Arundel County police said.
Darla Lee Rodey, 43, of Glen Burnie, was driving home on Mountain Road in Pasadena when Mhamed Bouadjemi, 46, driving a Suburban in the wrong lane, smashed into Rodey's Nissan, police said.
Rodey died at the scene at 11:15 p.m. She and 16-year-old Jessica Lynn Fonte, of Linthicum, were trapped in the front seat of the car and had to be freed by firefighters. Fonte suffered facial, head and abdominal injuries and is in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
In the back seat, Rodey's 16-year-old daughter, Erin Elizabeth Rodey, suffered facial and head injuries. She was treated at North Arundel Hospital, and a condition report on her was not available last night.
Erin's 14-year-old friend Heather Warner, of Brooklyn Park, who was sitting next to her, sustained massive head and chest injuries. She was listed in serious condition at the Shock Trauma Center.
Another friend of Erin's, 14-year-old Kerry Holhbein, of Halethorpe, Md., also was in the back seat. She is being treated for facial and head injuries at North Arundel.
Bouadjemi, a resident of Pasadena, was treated for head and chest injuries at North Arundel. According to police, his license expired in 1995 and was never renewed.
Police said Bouadjemi told them that he veered into oncoming traffic as he swerved to miss a car leaving a driveway. His wife said yesterday that he was upset and was unavailable to answer questions.
But police said witnesses did not see a car leaving a driveway, and such a car was not at the scene when police arrived. Police said they are continuing their investigation.
Rodey's 14-year-old daughter was visiting friends at the time of the accident. Police withheld the names of the victims until they were able to locate the girl, who had told only her mother where she was planning to sleep over.
Staff writer Phuong Ly contributed to this report.