Weekend accidents kill 3 in Maryland Baltimore Co. man dies in crash on Key Highway

December 10, 1990|By Richard Irwin and Nancy Lawson | Richard Irwin and Nancy Lawson,Evening Sun Staff

Three people died during the weekend in three traffic accidents, including a Baltimore County man fatally injured when the car in which he was a passenger struck a utility pole on Key Highway near Federal Hill.

The other fatal accidents occurred in Frederick and Kent counties.

Jeffrey Foster, 22, of the first block of Montrose Manor Court in Catonsville, was the victim in the city accident early yesterday.

City police said Foster was a passenger in a 1974 Datsun driven by Gregory Chaffman, 25, of the 4700 block of Gawain Place in Ellicott City. Police said Chaffman was driving in excess of the speed limit at 1:30 a.m. when the vehicle went out of control and struck a utility pole in the 1100 block of Key Highway.

The impact broke the car in two and the front came to rest 50 feet from the pole.

Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chaffman was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition today.

Charges against Chaffman are pending, police said.

In the Frederick County accident, Grace Holter Zecher, 78, of Burkittsville, near the Frederick-Washington County line, was fatally injured shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday when the car her husband, Melvin, 78, was driving went through a stop sign at Md. 17 and U.S. 40 in Myersville and was struck by a car.

State Police said Grace Zecher was pronounced dead at the scene. Marvin Zecher was listed in serious condition today at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown.

Two people in the other car were taken to the same hospital and were released after treatment, police said.

Police said traffic charges are pending.

On the Eastern Shore, police said, a 69-year-old Chestertown man was killed and his wife critically injured Friday evening when their car struck a tractor-trailer as the 18-wheeler turned in front of them at Md. 291 and Howard Johnson Road near Millington in Kent County.

Police said the tractor-trailer, driven by Kent Davis, 24, of Fruitland, was eastbound on Md. 291 at 6:30 p.m. when it collided with a westbound 1982 Plymouth driven by Rafael Cruz Sr. of Chestertown.

Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Edith, 58, was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she was listed today in serious but stable condition.

A second passenger in the Cruz car, Deborah Jackson, 32, of Chestertown, was treated at Kent-Queen Anne's Hospital in Chestertown and released.

Police said traffic charges were pending against Davis, who was uninjured.

State Police at Pikesville said the deaths brought to 681 the number of people killed on the state's roadways so far this year, compared with 707 at the same time last year.

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