Five people died in traffic accidents over the weekend, state police said, bringing to 643 the number of people killed so far this year on Maryland roadways, down from 651 at the same time last year.
The latest reported traffic fatality occurred in Kent County. A 27-year-old woman was killed shortly before noon yesterday when her car was struck by another driven by a 16-year-old who lost control on a rain-slicked road.
Donna Rae Mench, of Rock Hall, died when the 1989 Chevrolet Camaro she was driving east on Md. 291 in Chestertown was struck by a westbound 1984 Pontiac after the driver, Jessica Rai Klein, of Massey, lost control and spun around.
State Police said Klein and a passenger in Mench's car, Lisa Ann Elliott, 25, of Chestertown, were taken to Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown, where today they were listed in serious condition with head and neck injuries.
Police said traffic charges against Klein were pending her release from the hospital.
In a fatal accident in Montgomery County around 1 a.m. yesterday, police said a 1975 Pontiac being driven west on Norbeck Road in Wheaton by Michael Paul Dowling, 19, of the 21500 block of Zion Road, Brookeville, was traveling at a high rate of speed on a curve when Dowling lost control of the car and slammed into trees next to the shoulder.
Police said Dowling escaped injury but that one of his passengers, Andrew Zudal 4th, 20, of Rockville, died later at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Police said excessive speed, driver error and alcohol contributed to the crash. Charges were pending.
Prince George's County police today were withholding the name of a 23-year-old Upper Marlboro man pending notification of relatives. He died shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday when the stolen car he was driving on Martin Luther King Drive in Seat Pleasant left the roadway, jumped a concrete barrier and struck another car.
Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car was admitted in good condition to Prince George's General Hospital with a broken leg.
Details on when and where the car was stolen were not available, police said.
Police reported James Howard Bowman Jr., 17, of the 500 block of Lakeside Drive in North East, was pronounced dead Saturday evening at Union Hospital in Elkton after he was struck by one car and run over by another as he attempted to cross the westbound lane of U.S. 40 not far from his home.
In Owings, Calvert County, Raymond Francis McCarthy, 41, of Friendship, died early Saturday morning at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick of injuries sustained when the motorcycle he was driving was struck from behind while stopped at a traffic signal at the intersection of Solomons Island and Chesapeake Beach roads.