A 52-year-old Arbutus man died today after a traffic accident on Falls Road that did not appear serious enough to kill him.
The man, whose name was withheld until his family could be notified, was driving south in the 2600 block of Falls Road when his Chevrolet ran off the road on the right side and struck a small tree. He was found sitting behind the wheel by two joggers, who pulled him from the car. A passing motorist attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 8 a.m.
Police said the man had no apparent external injuries, and the damage to the car was so slight it appeared he was driving very slowly when his car left the road. The tree kept the car from plunging down a steep embankment into the Jones Falls.
Baltimore County police, meanwhile, were searching today for the driver of a car that fatally struck a 34-year-old Owings Mills man on Hanover Pike over the weekend.
George William Redifer Jr., of the first block of Meriam Court, was killed about 2 a.m. Saturday after he had pulled his girlfriend's Ford Granada partly onto the shoulder in the 15600 block of Hanover Pike, police said.
Police said Redifer and his girlfriend, Joy Lynn Putnam, 28, of Hampstead, were fighting and that Redifer was pulling her from the car when he was struck by a passing car. Redifer was dragged a short distance by the car, which sped away, police said.
Putnam sustained minor injuries and was released following treatment at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said.
A woman identifying herself as Putnam telephoned the Associated Press yesterday to say she and Redifer had not been fighting and had pulled over only to change drivers. She said they both had been standing alongside the car when Redifer was struck.
"We were on the driver's side of the car with the car door open, getting ready to get back in the car and that's the last thing I remember," said the woman. "I can remember seeing George and my car door lying about 50 feet up the road."
Cpl. John O'Brien said yesterday that the police report supported the original account.
In Western Maryland yesterday, State Police at the Hagerstown barracks said a 12-year-old boy was killed and seven other people were injured when two cars collided on U.S. 340 east of Md. 67 near Brunswick.
Police said a car driven by Laura Cole, 26, of Sandy Hook in Washington County, and occupied by six children, was westbound on U.S. 340 about 3:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed a 10-foot-wide concrete median strip and crashed into an eastbound car driven by Francis Joseph Maus Jr., 75, of the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia in Howard County.
A passenger in Cole's car, Brent Eugene Longerbeam, 12, of Sandy Hook, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police said Cole, Maus and five other children were hospitalized for treatment of injuries.
On Friday in Baltimore Highlands, Phillip Brown, 79, of the 1500 block of Bush St. in Baltimore, was driving on Annapolis Road when he attempted to pass another car, Baltimore County police said.
Police said Brown's car crossed the center line, then skidded on the wet pavement just west of Ohio Avenue. The car struck a parked pickup truck, two parked cars and a fence, police said.
Police said Brown, who was alone, was taken by ambulance to Shock-Trauma, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.