Thurmont man killed in two-car collision

March 07, 1991

A 77-year-old Thurmont man was killed yesterday when he apparently drove his vehicle through a stop sign on Catoctin Furnace Road and was broadsided by another vehicle, state police in Frederick County said.

James Austin Fraley Sr., 77, was traveling west on Catoctin Furnace Road at 2:18 p.m. when witnesses said he failed to halt at a stop sign at the intersection with Route 15. His car was hit by a car driven by James Andrew Gelwicks, 32, of Emmitsburg, police said.

Mr. Fraley was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Gelwicks and his passenger, David Gelwicks, 18, received minor injuries.

State police have ruled that the victim was at fault.

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