A Gaithersburg man died last night when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a Montgomery County police cruiser, authorities said.
In all, eight people lost their lives in traffic accidents over the weekend on Maryland roads, bringing the total to 547 so far this year, compared with 524 at the same time last year, State Police reported.
In the Montgomery County accident, Carlos Canaza died after the Honda Civic in which he was riding about 7:30 last night made a U-turn on South Frederick Avenue at Cedar Avenue in Gaithersburg in front of a southbound police car driven by Officer Darin C. Magee, county police said.
Police said Magee, 24, was unable to avoid hitting the Honda and struck it broadside. The impact knocked the Honda from the road and into a building near the intersection. Canaza and the driver were thrown from the vehicle.
Canaza died a short time later at Shady Grove Memorial Hospital in Rockville, where Magee was treated for minor injuries and released.
The Honda driver, Jose Z. Canaza, 28, was listed in critical condition today at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said. The relationship of the Canazas was not known.
In another Montgomery County weekend accident, Eric Phillip Martin, 21, of Rockville, was killed instantly when he was struck by a Toyota 4x4 about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in Laytonsville, police said.
Police said Martin and a friend were walking near Fieldcrest and Laytonsville roads when they stopped to talk in the middle of the road.
About 2:55 a.m. yesterday in Cecil County, a 35-year-old man died after he was thrown from his speeding car when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree that split the vehicle in two, State Police said.
Police said Donald Jones, of Galena, was killed instantly. The accident occurred on Sassafras Road at Md. 282 in Warwick.
A month-old girl died early Saturday at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore of injuries she received Friday when her mother was struck by a station wagon while she was carrying the baby and walking along a road in Salisbury.
The baby, Reshema Renay Harmon, died of head and internal injuries. Her mother, Tonya Nicole Parker, 18, remains in satisfactory condition at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury.
Police said no charges have been filed against the driver of the station wagon, but an investigation was continuing.
Anne Arundel County police said the driver of a 1982 Nissan died early Saturday when he crashed into several trees on Md. 178 and Belvoir Farms Road in Crownsville.
Robert Paul Wright, 27, of the 400 block of Kyle Road in Crownsville, was northbound on Md. 178 about 12:40 a.m. when he attempted to pass two northbound cars. Seeing southbound cars approaching, Wright returned to the northbound lane but lost control of his car and crashed.
Wright died a short time later at Anne Arundel General Hospital, police said.
Three of the weekend fatalities occurred in Prince George's County.
In College Park Saturday, James Daniel Ignowski II, 22, of College Park, and Vicki Lynn Morris, 18, of Laurel received fatal injuries when their motorcycle was struck by a car about 10:20 p.m. at U.S. 1 near Powder Mill Road.
Police said the driver, Sheri Lynn Anderson, 21, of Columbia, failed to yield the right of way to the oncoming 1985 Kawasaki motorcycle.
Morris and Ignowski, who were not wearing helmets, were flown by helicopter to the trauma center at Prince George's General Hospital in Cheverly, where they died, police said.
Anderson was treated at the same hospital for minor injuries, police said. No charges have been filed in the incident.
Christina Marie Hoag, 24, of the 5000 block of Alan Drive in Clinton, a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Todd, died Saturday of injuries she received in a head-on collision, police said.
Police said the driver of the other car, David Patterson, of the 4000 block of McKinley St. in Camp Springs, was traveling south on Allentown Road and Coolridge Drive in Clinton when he crossed the double yellow line and slammed into the Hoags' car about 11:20 p.m.
Patterson, Todd Hoag and the couple's 4-month-old daughter, Kristie, were treated for minor injuries, police said.