Weekend accidents claim 5 lives Two pedestrians killed

September 10, 1990|By Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin | Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Five people were killed in traffic accidents on Maryland roadways over the weekend, including an Annapolis man who was struck by a car driven by a midshipman early yesterday, authorities said.

Annapolis police said Midshipman 3rd Class Kimberlyn M. Drayton was driving a 1987 Toyota east on West Street about 1 a.m. when she saw Samuel Degrate, 65, of the 1900 block of Copeland St., standing on the double yellow line between the two lanes.

Drayton slowed down but Degrate apparently stumbled into her path, police said. The impact drove Degrate onto the car's hood and through the windshield. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Drayton was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was treated for shock and released.

No charges were placed against Drayton, who was returning to the Naval Academy from the home of her sponsor family, police said.

About 8 p.m. Saturday in Elkton, Cecil County, James Harland Blankenship, 23, of the 1900 block of E. Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton, was struck by an unmarked State Police car driven by a criminal investigator assigned to the North East Barracks.

Police said Trooper First Class Ronald Creeger, 38, was eastbound on U.S. 40 near Landing Lane in Elkton about 7:55 p.m. when Blankenship, who appeared intoxicated and who earlier was seen darting into traffic, walked into the path of the police cruiser, which hit him.

Blankenship was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he died at 8:45 a.m. yesterday, police said.

Police said pedestrian error was the cause of the accident and that no charges were placed against Creeger.

In Prince George's County, Jarmaine L. Mack, 19, of Northeast Washington, was killed about 7 a.m. Saturday on the southbound Baltimore-Washington Expressway, U.S. Park Police in Greenbelt said.

Police said Mack lost control of the 1990 Nissan Stanza on a ramp leading to southbound Interstate 295 between Cheverly, the District of Columbia line and U.S. 50. The car became airborne, crashed into a tree and was demolished.

Evidence at the scene indicated the car was traveling about 130 mph when Mack lost control, police said.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, an East Baltimore man was killed when the 1967 Ford he was driving on a ramp leading from the Baltimore Beltway onto southbound Interstate 95 near White Marsh, struck a guardrail, bounced off and then became airborne before crashing into a drainage ditch, Baltimore County police said.

Police said the driver, William Ewachiw, 38, of the 3100 block of O'Donnell St., was pronounced dead at the scene. Judy Lee Montz, 46, of the 2200 block of Orleans St., a passenger, was treated at Franklin Square Hospital and released.

In northern Baltimore County, Dwaine Craig Black, 16, of New Freedom, Pa., was killed about 2 a.m. Saturday when the 1958 Ford Fairlane in which he was a passenger ran off the road and struck a utility pole in Freeland, police said.

The victim's cousin, Joseph Black, 29, of Stewartstown, Pa., was driving south on Freeland Road about four miles south of Millers Mill Road when he lost control of the car while attempting to make a curve, police said. Dwaine Black was seated in the rear behind the driver.

Dwaine's brother, Mickey Black, 21, also of New Freedom, was in the right front passenger seat and was partially ejected from the car, police said. He was listed today in satisfactory and stable condition at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Joseph Black, who received a fractured skull and back injuries, was listed today in serious and unstable condition at Shock-Trauma, police said.

Baltimore County police said officers from York County, Pa., were pursuing the speeding car when it crossed into Maryland. They broke off the chase, but notified local police who were searching for the car when it crashed.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 512 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 490 at the same time last year.

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