Driver charged after truck crashes into Md. apartment

WASHINGTON — A woman had to be flown to the hospital after a truck drove through a ground-floor apartment Sunday in Howard County.

The crash occurred in the 6800 Block of Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge, Maryland at around 9:30 a.m.

Howard County police said the driver, Mynor Jehovani Monterroso, 40, of Silver Spring, was trying to back out of a covered parking space, but he hit a support pole instead. Police said he then drove the vehicle through the sliding glass door of an apartment, striking resident Marilyn Schmeits, 40.

When emergency responders arrived, they found the truck embedded inside the apartment and had to rescue Schmeits, who was trapped, said Capt. Stephen M. Hardesty, a spokesman for Howard County Fire & Rescue Service.

Schmeits was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in stable condition.

Police said Monterroso was not at the scene, but returned shortly after police arrived.

Monterroso, who was not injured, was charged with driving without a license, negligent driving and failure to control a vehicle in order to avoid collision.

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