LINTHICUM, Md. — The operator of a Maryland Transit Adminstration light rail train has been changed in the death of a 17-year-old killed in a grade crossing accident last February, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Tavon Smith has been charged with negligent manslaughter, criminal negligence, and reckless endangerment, according to court records, in the death of Lamar Patterson, a standout football player at St. Frances Academy killed when his car was struck by the light-rail train at the Maple Road grade crossing in Linthicum. Patterson was trapped in the car for 15 minutes before being extracted by firefighters and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said the train entered the intersection while the crossing gates were in the process of lowering.