UPDATE: Police Identify Woman Killed in Head-on Collision

A woman who was a Lutherville resident was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash on Beaver Dam Road.

UPDATE (9 p.m.)—Suzanne Natalie Selby, 62, of Lutherville, is the woman who died in the single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Cockeysville.

Baltimore County police said Selby, a resident of the unit block of Haddington Road, was killed after her 2003 Honda Accord struck a utility pole early Saturday afternoon.

The collision occurred in the southbound lane of Beaver Dam Road, approaching Texas Station Court, according to a news release Saturday night.

Multiple fire engines and medical personnel were called to the scene, which was near West Padonia Road.

Firefighters performed CPR on Selby, whose car was struck by a deer on the driver's side door, the release states.

Selby reportedly lost control of the car she was driving, it states. Her car careened across the northbound lanes and hit head-on into a utility pole on the northeast corner of the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Texas Station Court.

The deer had to be "put down," the release states.

Onlookers at the nearby 7-Eleven watched as teams of firefighters fought to extricate the woman who was trapped in her car.

A Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter was called to the scene, but the woman was instead placed in the back of an ambulance, Patch observed.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Team is investigating.

Stay with Patch as we continue to update this story.


CORRECTION: A typo in the headline has been fixed. Patch regrets the error.

Nick DiMarco (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Lauren, the story has been updated. I just got off the phone with the fire department who confirmed the sad news. For the record: Information that we hear over the scanners has to be confirmed by an official before we publish it.
Lauren Rose Klinedinst November 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Not a problem, I figured that was the case. Thank you for all you guys do. :)
Linda Kelly November 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Hi Nick, I was told by an officer that I wasn't permitted to take photos. I was only photographing the vehicle - not the victim. Was he correct?
Linda Kelly November 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM
That's very traumatic for you Steve. I'm a nurse and I was there one the paramedics began to work on her. I've wondered if she was conscious at the time of the accident. Was she?
concerned citizen November 11, 2012 at 06:26 AM
please be mindful of (how soon) you post the pictures, it is considerate to the families of the victims to wait until they have been notified.
Karen Cirrincione November 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Elderly woman? 80 or so, sure! But 62 is hardly elderly...not with how long people live these days! Thinking of her and her family...
Tammie J. Monaco November 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Folks - be mindful that the family needs to be notified before they can officially publish her passing. Would you want to get a breaking news alert and see that it was your parent? Tragic story. I was detoured yesterday as it was going on.
concerned citizen November 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I agree with Karen, this woman was not elderly by any means. And having to be the one who notified her family, I was sick inside as I drove to do it because I had heard pictures had already been posted. Like Tammie said, how would you feel if this was your family member. As an investigator, I know families of victims that were outraged because of graphic pictures posted of the rescue scene...they are very angry that people are taking pictures and posting them while their family member has died or is figting for their life. I can see lawsuits coming but thats the option of those affected. I am just trying to be an advocate for the families out there who are directly affected.
steve cox November 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Linda, i am a medic for a private ambulance co but was no in uniform yesterday so ergo they thought i was a civilian, and to answer your question, yes she was conscious at the time, but in shock. There is more detail but i'm not willing to discuss over this line in respect to her family, but if u would like to know from a medical stand point i will discuss it privately via email or phone. Thanks for the work you do, i plan on becoming a nurse as well.
Dawn Hahn November 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM
My prayers go out to the family during this very sad time in their lives!!! RIP Suzanne.........
Covington November 11, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Have noticed several dead deer, apparently having been hit by cars, on the side of the road in the Padonia Road area. Think this must be their breeding season. To all of us living in this area.......Be watchful for them at this time......don't need anymore happenings like this~ Very sad !
Linda Kelly November 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Yes, this is the most dangerous period for interactions with deer. The males are in rut and often act in eratic behaviors. The females are running from them so they are often seen during all times of the day. Please drive with caution in Baltimore County and particularly in rural areas.
Linda Kelly November 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Thank you Steve for being there for this lady. I'm sure your presence helped her know that help was on the way. I would like to hear about your observations in private. I work at GBMC and can be contacted at lkelly@gbmc.org. You have chosen a wonderful profession with many career options.
Scott Sewell November 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I agree with concerned citizen. You should not post pictures that the victims family might see before they have been notified by the proper authorities!
Lisa November 12, 2012 at 07:48 AM
I was also struck by the definition of this poor woman as "elderly." I was expecting her to be in her 90's. This story is so tragic and terribly sad. God bless the deceased and her loved ones and to Linda Kelly....why would you want to take pictures of the scene of any accident, the vehicle and/or the victim especially one where someone was killed.
Bill Howard November 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@Scott Sewell I second the motion. The people's needed knows should be trended toward facts and not shocking images. The exception is when the authorities are trying to cover the facts. Law enforcement in this area tends to be very upfront and honest so the need is not present. That being said, my sympathy for the family of Ms. Selby. My appreciation to the dedicated people who tried to save her.
Linda Kelly November 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
To clarify my interest in photographing the accident scene. I did not photograph while the victim was being treated. I was only interested in photographing the vehicle. I happen to believe a picture means so much more than words so when I'm talking about driving safely with my daughter during deer season I believe the condition of the vehicle has an impact. I had no intentions of publicizing my photo and since I am also "elderly" I wouldn't have any idea how to do so. I was shocked to hear that my daughter had already seen the photos on line. I'm a nurse. Of course, my thoughts are with this lady's family. God bless the first responders at the scene.
Bill Howard November 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Linda, your concerns sound fair. Ever since I put the ultra sonic deer whistlers on my car I have not had a close call in years. i would urge more people to invest in them as they are pretty cheap.
John A. Wheeler November 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
What if any suggetions can someone provide about how to respond while driving and uopn encountering a deer in the road?
Linda Kelly November 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Of course drive slower in areas frequented by deer and if you see one cross your path, look behind that deer. Often there will be others following.
Megan Cohen November 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I am the daughter of Ms. Selby. I was horrified to learn that photos of the accident had been published. This is not interesting news, it is not a topic of discussion on the internet and it is certainly not an appropriate subject for an amateur photographer happening by. I hope in the future you will consider the feelings not only of the deceased's family members, but of of the fact that a person in their last moments on this earth may not want to be gawked at and discussed. While I am grateful for those who tried to help I would prefer that these public forums cease to be used to speculate about my mother's accident or her condition.
Megan Cohen November 13, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Bill Howard November 14, 2012 at 12:32 AM
@ Megan Many of us are very sorry for you and your mom. We hope that God is embracing her with HIS love. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Peace.
concerned citizen November 14, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Megan thank your for speaking out about this. I was truly sickened when someone told me that pictures were posted. I am an advocate for the families and victims and think that there should be laws and sanctions for those who do this. Print this article and save it with the comments, should you have to pursue any civil action in the future you will have names of who thought it was "so cool" to post stuff on here. I unfortuately have seen this happen to families before and its with this particular news paper. if you have a work email or gmail account and dont mind posting it I will email you in private about your concerns. I am extremely sorry for your loss.
concerned citizen November 14, 2012 at 01:09 PM
@ Nick FYI, when you confirmed the victim did not survive I can tell you this the notify to the victim's family was not done yet. NOT A GOOD IDEA TO POST STUFF BEFORE THAT IS DONE THERE ARE PROCEDURES FOR THAT!!! THATS WHY THE POLICE DEPARMENT HAS A MEDIA RELATIONS DEPARTMENT! FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES. Your "sad news" comment was at 324pm, notify wasnt able to be done for a few more hours. Very inappropriate.
concerned citizen November 14, 2012 at 01:13 PM
@ Lauren...see above comment... your "pronounce her" comment was innapropriate as well.
Megan Cohen November 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Concerned citizen, do you work in an official capacity? If so, what organization or department do you work for?
concerned citizen November 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Yes Meghan, one of the investigators, I wont be back to work til friday If you want I can give you a call. you can email me at rr3656@verizon.net if you like
Covington November 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
It appears to me that this site was incorrectly used following the accident. All the information about the outcome of any accident should NEVER be put on a public site. Consideration for the loved ones of the deceased was not present here.
concerned citizen November 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Couldnt agree more Covington.


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