- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2002

Two children were killed in a Prince George's County apartment fire yesterday.
Five-year-old Taylor Freeman and her 4-year-old brother, Richard, were carried out of a second-floor apartment in the 1400 block of Southview Street in Oxon Hill after 3:30 a.m. by firefighters of the Prince George's County Fire Department. The children were declared dead at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.
Fire Department spokesman Capt. Chauncey Bowers said county police arrived first, tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher and attempted to rescue the children.
Firefighters arrived minutes later as police were evacuating other second-floor inhabitants. Fire investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire and if two smoke detectors were operable, Capt. Bowers said.
"The fire itself was relatively small and was contained within the originating apartment," Capt. Bowers said.
The fire was one of several Washington-area emergencies that claimed lives over the weekend:
U.S. Park Police criminal investigators yesterday were trying to learn why two southbound cars collided about 1 a.m. on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway just south of the Good Luck Road underpass. One car was on top of the other just off the parkway when police arrived.
The two drivers were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where Luis D. Martinez, 28, of Catonsville, Md., was pronounced dead. Police withheld the surviving driver's name pending contact with relatives.
Police closed the southbound lanes for about two hours. Investigators asked anyone who saw the accident or stopped to give assistance to call the crime tipline, 202/690-5080, or U.S. Park Police communications, 202/619-7310.
Virginia State Police yesterday reported one person was killed in an accident on Route 395 near the Pentagon. Spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said a man who had been involved in an accident got out of his car and was struck by another vehicle.
On Saturday night, Prince George's County police were called for a stabbing at a building in the 15900 block of Route 301, or Robert S. Crain Highway, in Brandywine. They found a 42-year-old Brandywine man with a single stab wound to his upper body.
The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital Center, then to the Washington Hospital Center, where he was declared dead. The body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Investigators believe the motive for the stabbing was "domestic related," said police spokeswoman Debbi Sabel.
In Montgomery County, police collision-reconstruction specialists were trying to determine why a southbound 1994 Toyota Tercel collided with a westbound 1995 Lincoln Mark 8 at the well-marked, open intersection of Route 29 and Briggs Chaney Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Wendy Lloyd, 31, of Ellicott City, Md., was trapped inside the Toyota. After she was freed, she was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to Suburban Hospital, where she died.
The Toyota driver, Saybo E. Lloyd, 29, of the 3500 block of Dodge Park Road in Landover, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center. The other Toyota occupant, Emma Lloyd, 56, of the 11600 block of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital. Both were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Lincoln driver, Keith Clemmer, 46, of the 13800 block of Mills Avenue in Silver Spring, was uninjured.
cAt 5 a.m. Saturday, Prince George's police were called to the 7600 block of Green Willow Court in Landover. They found Sandra Bratsis-Howard, 39, dead, apparently from traumatic blows to her upper body. She was taken for autopsy to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore.
Prince George's County police report they have no motive or suspect at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 301/735-1111.

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