BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Just days after a wrong-way crash killed a 3-year-old and put her mother in critical condition, the community is coming together in their honor. The little girl’s father is mourning her death and trying to care for her infant sister while their mother remains in the hospital.
Kai Jackson has more.
Loved ones and friends are coping by helping a family in need.
Tragedy on the Baltimore Beltway around 10 p.m. Sunday when a crash claimed two lives. One of them was 3-year-old Lily Kelley, who’s described as a little angel by those who knew her.
“Beautiful child, funny personality, very shy,” said Tony Deville, Deville Ink.
MdTA police say the accident happened when Victoria DeAngelo, 21, of Dundalk drove the wrong way on the Curtis Creek Drawbridge, entering the outer loop of 695. DeAngelo was also killed. She hit the SUV that carried Lily and her mother, Kimberly Taylor, 29, and her other daughter, Mackenzie Kelley, who’s about 3 months old. Kimberly and Mackenzie were hurt but survived.
“Pat’s pretty broken up. He’s doing everything he can to be the good father that he is to hold everything together,” Deville said.
At Deville Ink on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, there’s an outpouring of love. Tattoo artist Pat Kelley works here and his family was in the SUV that was hit; it was his daughter, Lily, who died.
Pat Kelley hasn’t been a tattoo artist there very long, but the owner says anyone who works there is family and that’s why they had to help.
Deville’s is organizing a rock concert to help defer funeral costs for Lily and start a scholarship fund for Mackenzie.
“Deville Ink and us, you know, we’re just one big family and Pat’s part of that family,” said Ron Peterson.
An MdTA police investigation is underway to determine why DeAngelo traveled in the wrong direction on the highway.