Weekend accidents claim six lives along state roads

October 01, 1990|By Richard Irwinand Alisa Samuels | Richard Irwinand Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Six people died in traffic accidents on Maryland roadways during the weekend, State Police reported.

In Worcester County yesterday, Stephen Todd Barnett, 17, of Salisbury, died when the car in which he was a passenger was in a collision with a truck at U.S. 50 and Md. 610 in Whaleysville, State Police said.

Stephen G. Congro, 16, of Salisbury, was driving a 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass north on Md. 610 about 11 a.m. when he was involved in the collision with the westbound GMC truck driven by Richard E. Wilson, 60, of Crownsville.

Congro and Barnett were taken to Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, where Barnett died. Congro was listed today in critical condition. Wilson was uninjured.

In Howard County, Roy Wittig Cruz, 39, was hit by a 1987 Volkswagen Jetta while attempting to cross U.S. 1 in Laurel shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, county police said.

Cruz, of Laurel, was taken first to the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital, then was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he died shortly after 5 p.m.

In Cecil County, an Elkton man was fatally injured about 4:20 a.m. Saturday when the car he was driving north on Md. 279 near Airport Road in Elkton ran into the back of an 18-wheeler, State Police said.

William Bernard Morris, 31, was driving a Dodge Aries that burst into flames on impact, but he was pulled from the car before the flames reached him. An hour later, he died at Elkton's Union Hospital.

In Baltimore County, a Parkville man died Friday night of injuries he received after he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck at Yakona Road and Loch Raven Boulevard, county police said.

Police said Richard Calvin Mitchell, 23, of the 7900 block of Highpoint Road, was sitting in the back of the pickup when the driver made a sharp left turn. He died at Shock-Trauma.

About two hours after the accident, police arrested the driver, William Lester Merling, 20, at his home in the 8000 block of Harford Road, Parkville. Several charges are pending against him, police said.

A pedestrian died Saturday at Shock-Trauma of injuries he received about 3:45 p.m. Friday when he was struck while crossing the 1400 block of W. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore police said.

Police said James M. Lyons, 20, of the 2700 block of Giles Road, was hit by a westbound 1988 Ford operated by David Roulhac, 51, of the 2500 block of S. Paca St.

Anne Arundel County police reported an Ohio man was killed Friday night in a two-car collision at Md. 2 and Md. 258 in Lothian.

Michael P. Kearney, 27, of Geneva, was northbound Md. 2 about 8:20 p.m. when his car was involved in a collision with an eastbound car driven on Md. 258 by Mary C. Barth, 40, of Beltsville, police said.

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