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Baltimore police identify woman killed in light rail crash

Woman was fixture in Washington Village neighborhood
Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 24, 2020

BALTIMORE — Witnesses say the car came to a stop in the middle of the tracks at Mulberry and Howard streets and as the approaching light rail train sounded its horn, the car never moved.

Police say Ashley King died as the car became wedged between two trains traveling in opposite directions.

“A neighbor of mine said it was the last time they seen them pull off that morning, and I just can’t believe she’s gone,” said Jey Clark, King’s next door neighbor who learned of her death when we showed up outside her home in Washington Village. “One of the best neighbors I ever had. I’m just devastated by the loss. I’m just finding this out and I heard about the accident, and I just can’t believe it was her.”

Maryland Department of Transportation inspectors returned to the intersection where the accident occurred to check on the synchronization of traffic lights, but the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

A 30-year-old man and a seven-year-old child survived the crash, but it’s Ashley King, the woman next door that Jey Clark says always shared a kind word whose death has brought the tragedy close to home.

“Very nice people,” said Clark. “All she ever did was work. She worked hard all the time to support her family and this is devastating.”

We’re told that King worked with women facing addiction issues and she helped run recovery houses throughout the city.