Police: Suicidal Motorist Kills Reisterstown Woman, Hospitalizes Self in Crash

A 20-year-old Westminster man was hospitalized a crash in Reisterstown Tuesday night that killed a 74-year-old woman.

A Reisterstown woman was killed Tuesday night after a motorist threatening to kill himself crashed into her car on Reisterstown Road in front of Franklin High School.

Martha Tabares, 74, of the 900 block of Shirley Manor Road in Reisterstown, was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorist threatening suicide, 20-year-old Nicholas Frederick Mottley, of the 600 block of Wilmont Road in Westminster, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition was unknown Wednesday morning, according to a police press release.

At 8:13 p.m. Tuesday, Baltimore County Police responded to I-795 southbound between Owings Mills Boulevard and I-695. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office warned police that a man driving a maroon Chevrolet Traverse who was threatening “suicide by cop” was headed to Baltimore County, the release said.

Police found the vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, at 9750 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills. The motorist hit a police vehicle and drove westbound on Reisterstown Road. Police briefly pursued the Traverse until the chase called off by the precinct shift commander the release said.

“It was too fast,” said police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

There are risks to officers and other motorists in chases, Armacost said. Police never lost track of Mottley, she said.

Minutes after the pursuit was called off, the Traverse crossed the center line on Reisterstown Road in front of Franklin High School, striking an eastbound Toyota Corolla driven by Tabares, the release said.

The Traverse kept moving, hitting a Chrysler Town & Country van and a utility pole, finally coming to rest about 40 feet from the pole, the release said.

The van received minor damage and its driver was not injured, the release said.

The Baltimore County Police’s crash team is investigating the collision involving the three vehicles, and the Franklin Precinct is conducting the investigation involving the Traverse hitting the police vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Charges against Mottley are pending those investigations, police said.

John P Roberts III February 27, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Mimi was a very nice lady and my wife and I loved her very much. On another site's article I saw someone post a comment blaming her death on the police for breaking off the pursuit. They do that for our safety, not to mitigate their risk...and statistics back that policy up. You stop chasing someone they usually slow down. It's a utter shame and we're heartbroken that this time it didn't work out that way. The blame for her death has to fall squarely on the shoulders of Mr. Mottley...and I'll stop there before I say something that will prevent this comment from getting posted.
susie lipman February 27, 2013 at 05:59 PM
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
So sorry for your loss, Mr. Roberts. Thank you for sharing.
Chip February 27, 2013 at 08:02 PM
So sorry for the loss to your family Mr Roberts. I pray that peace and fond memories can help you through this time.
CP February 27, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Do we know how this all began? What happened in Carroll County?
Traci Sawyer February 27, 2013 at 09:06 PM
My heart and many blessings go out to you and your family. You are absolutely correct, the blame lies with the idiot driving the car.
Momofmany February 27, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Carroll county times stated a domestic altercation with his parents?
just a friend February 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM
no matter what happened. nick was a great person who just needed someone to listen. he would never mean to hurt anyone .
just a friend February 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM
my heart and prayers go out to everyone that this had an impact on .
theadore mann February 28, 2013 at 02:55 AM
So Nick hits a cop car then keeps running after they break it off and kills a lady just driving around... Me and you have different ideas of what makes a great person. He proved himself to be selfish violent idiot.
C.stubbins February 28, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Well it's a terrible thing...Hopefully the truth will come out and stop senseless deaths
Buffalo February 28, 2013 at 03:09 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with Nick and Mimi. No matter what the people say Nick was just a confused young man. He is a loving, caring person who got caught up in the moment and made one bad move and it snowballed from there. We love you Nick and we are pulling for you in prayer. And no matter what happens GOD is in control of everything.
Turth88 February 28, 2013 at 05:19 AM
I'm so Sorry for your lost I hope you read all these comment and see that people do kare what happen wasn't right shouldn't of happen you know that no one can prepare them self for a death let alone someone close Let her RIP she in a much better place now my best wishes and prayers go out to you and your family.
Roane's Earth February 28, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May you be comforted by the warm memories of your wife.
Marleena kight February 28, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I feel sorry for Mimi family and friends. Thoughts and prayers to them. As for nick he is a troubled person that has demons of his own and this won't stop them. Sorry to say.
Carole February 28, 2013 at 02:33 PM
God bless, Mr. Roberts.
Janeth Cortes Delgado February 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I was truly shocked that I received the news of my aunt's death. I still can not believe it has actually happened. I hope she rests in peace. She will always be in ours hearts.
JohnS February 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Your friend is a turd, nothing more.
Fanatic Female Football Fan March 01, 2013 at 02:48 PM
OMG! I will keep the family, friends and Mr. Tabares in my prayers! May your loved one rest in peace! As for the driver he deserves "NO" breaks and no sympathy! And you mean to tell me know one in his family saw this coming?!?!? Or thought to seek help for help before he did something stupid...like this??? What is wrong with these families!!!
Marc Shapiro (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 06:25 PM
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Gina Roberts March 01, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Your comment is a slap in the face to the family and friends of Martha, you will have to excuse all of us that loved her if we are just too bitter right now to see what a "great person" you thought he was. The fact is that his actions were thoughtless and selfish, he did hurt an entire family, he stole a mother, a grandmother from a very loving family, someone who loved her family with all of her heart because they were the very heart of her.
Celia (Hummel) Peters March 02, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Marta used to come over to our house often when I was younger and would help my mother with anything and everything that needed to be done. She was a very kind-hearted soul. I would see her around town from time to time and she would always smile and ask how my mother was doing. Her untimely death is such a tragedy. I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to her entire family. Rest in Peace Marta. God Bless.
legal beagle March 04, 2013 at 03:51 AM
All are suffering on boths ides
legal beagle March 04, 2013 at 03:56 AM
No one knows what was going on behind closed doors and why this young man ended the day like this both family's are hurting and god will be the judge for all evolved have been on the side of loosing a person due to the wrong person being let out of jail and cause two young ones to end there life's early but blame was on many not just the one who did the horrible act hoping for both family's to heal
Brenda Sanner Williams March 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
This man was driving on suspended license.....not only does he have no respect for the law but he has no regards for killing another person.I pray that he lives so he can spend the rest of his life in prison.....although this won't bring back a woman who was a loving mother,grandmother and friend.She also had a very giving spirit......it may torment him and haunt him just as her death has tormented her family. As the bible says, 'an eye for an eye'.God is Good and justice will prevail. My heart goes out to Nick's family as well,they too have a heavy burden to bear.He is their son and I'm sure they are hurting too.....I don't know their situation,but I am a parent and know how I would feel if I were in their shoes.


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