Crashes in state claim 4 lives Driver killed trying to pass

October 29, 1990|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Alisa Samuels contributed to this story.

State Police reported four people died in traffic accidents during the weekend, bringing the number of fatalities on Maryland roadways so far this year to 625, compared with 616 at the same time last year.

About 10:30 last night, George Edward Raines, 42, was killed when his pickup truck ran into the back of a tractor-trailer about five miles east of Cumberland in Allegany County, State Police said.

Raines, of Cumberland, was driving a 1972 GMC pickup truck eastbound on U.S. 48, the National Freeway, police said, when he attempted to pass a new-car carrier by driving on the right-hand shoulder.

When Raines accelerated, he spotted a 1989 GMC tractor-trailer ahead of the one he was trying to pass, police said. Raines then pulled in behind the second truck at a high rate of speed and struck the vehicle in the rear.

Raines was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The truck driver was not injured.

A two-vehicle collision in Frederick County yesterday claimed the life of an 84-year-old man when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by another at an intersection in Thurmont, said a spokesman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

The spokesman said Richard Paul Schneider, 58, of the 4200 block of Southfield Road, Ellicott City, was driving a 1985 Mitsubishi north on U.S. 15 about 3:15 p.m. when the driver's side of his car was struck broadside by a 1988 Toyota pickup truck driven by Stacey A. Seiss, 20, of Thurmont, who entered the highway from Pryor Road.

Schneider's father, Leonard S. Schneider, of the 3300 block of Chatham Road, Ellicott City, who was seated in the back of his son's car, was flown by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Washington County Shock-Trauma Center in Hagerstown, where he died a short time later, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said neither the victim's son nor Seiss were injured and that traffic charges against Seiss were pending.

About 9:24 p.m. Friday, a 47-year-old Laurel man was killed when struck by a car while attempting to cross Md. 98 near Red Clay Road in Laurel, State Police said.

Police said Thomas Joseph Gleason, of the 3300 block of Style Ave., was crossing the roadway when he was hit by a westbound Toyota Corolla driven by Karen Michelle Baldwin, 27, of the 1700 block of Amberfield Court in Crofton.

Gleason, who smelled of alcohol, died of multiple injuries at 10:52 p.m. at the Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital, police said.

Police said pedestrian error contributed to the accident.

A 58-year-old Owings Mills woman remained hospitalized after her companion drove into the path of a freight train during the Friday evening rush hour, police said.

Marguerite Joan Bosley was at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore in serious but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

The driver of the car, Virginia Schwartz, 75, was killed instantly.

The accident was the third fatal train accident along Md. 30 in two years.

State Police said Schwartz apparently did not see the flashing red lights that warn motorists of oncoming trains or hear the oncoming CSX train blast its horn.

Trooper J.W. Long said the train pushed Schwartz's vehicle 200 feet before it was able to stop.

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