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Police: Suicidal Motorist from Westminster Kills Reisterstown Woman, Hospitalizes Self in Crash

A 20-year-old Westminster man was hospitalized a crash in Reisterstown Tuesday night that killed a 74-year-old woman.

A Reisterstown woman was killed Tuesday night after a motorist threatening to kill himself crashed into her car on Reisterstown Road in front of Franklin High School.

Martha Tabares, 74, of the 900 block of Shirley Manor Road in Reisterstown, was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorist threatening suicide, 20-year-old Nicholas Frederick Mottley, of the 600 block of Wilmont Road in Westminster, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition was unknown Wednesday morning, according to a police press release.

At 8:13 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore County Police responded to I-795 southbound between Owings Mills Boulevard and I-695. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office warned police that a man driving a maroon Chevrolet Traverse who was threatening “suicide by cop” was headed to Baltimore County, the release said.

Police found the vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, at 9750 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills. The motorist hit a police vehicle and drove westbound on Reisterstown Road. Police briefly pursued the Traverse until the chase called off by the precinct shift commander the release said.

“It was too fast,” said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

There are risks to officers and other motorists in chases, Armacost said. Police never lost track of Mottley, she said.

Minutes after the pursuit was called off, the Traverse crossed the center line on Reisterstown Road in front of Franklin High School, striking an eastbound Toyota Corolla driven by Tabares, the release said.

The Traverse kept moving, hitting a Chrysler Town & Country van and a utility pole, finally coming to rest about 40 feet from the pole, the release said.

The van received minor damage and its driver was not injured, the release said.

The Baltimore County Police’s crash team is investigating the collision involving the three vehicles, and the Franklin Precinct is conducting the investigation involving the Traverse hitting the police vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Charges against Mottley are pending those investigations, police said.

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Kathy March 07, 2013 at 12:22 PM
James, I agree that there is no evidence that this person deliberately killed another with his vehicle, but that does seem to be the assumption of people, and since that is what the discussion was about in general, I responded accordingly, if somewhat hastily. But you are right, cars do not = assault weapons, because there is a legitimate purpose for a car other than killing someone. And since I don't own a gun I can't shoot myself in the foot, although I could perhaps run over my foot with a car. :-) By the way, I have no objections to people owning guns--as long as there are reasonable regulations in place to ensure that criminals and mentally ill persons cannot obtain them. And yes, that won't prevent all homicides, or even all crazies from getting guns, but it is at least a start. It is disingenuous to say "We can't stop all murders so we shouldn't have any restrictions on the right to own guns." We don't say "We can't stop all underage drinking, so let's do away with the age limit."
Nadia Biznis March 09, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Nice straw man argument there, Kathy. Overruled!
Nadia Biznis March 09, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I know, let's pass a law that prevents plastering the names of these killers all over the place... Oh, wait... the media wouldn't let that happen. Their right to a "free press" trumps everything else in, near, about, alongside, on the same planet at their right to freedom of the press. Remember newsies: If they can destroy any one of the ten amendments to the Constitution formerly known as the Bill of Rights, they can destroy them all.
Nadia Biznis March 09, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Kathy, please tell competitive shooters and Olympic shooters they are guilty as charged because guns only are made for killing so they must be killers...they'll get a good laugh out of it. I would hope that as a lawyer you would understand that hyperbole is not a good legal argument.
Nadia Biznis March 09, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Oh, and cops too. Next time you go in the courthouse, be sure to denounce the officers there as killers as they will be carrying guns. I mean, if you're gonna generalize...

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