Weekend accidents kill five on roads in Maryland

May 06, 1991|By Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels | Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

Five people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Maryland over the weekend. Among them was a 52-year-old woman whose body was found in a car at the bottom of a ditch 15 feet deep in Laurel, State Police said.

The body of Pan Ho Rogers, of the 6900 block of Mayfair Terrace Road in Laurel, was found by police about 9:30 a.m. yesterday in the 8600 block of Cherry Lane in Laurel. Police said it appeared that Rogers lost control of her 1987 Ford Thunderbird while attempting to negotiate a curve.

Police said the accident apparently occurred between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and the time that Rogers' body was found.

In Somerset County, James L. Schreeves, 78, of Westover, was killed shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer while walking along the northbound shoulder of U.S. 13 near his home, police said.

Police said Schreeves was pronounced dead at the scene and that traffic charges against the truck driver, William Terry Hamlett, 37, of Newport News, Va., were pending.

Hamlett apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his rig seconds before entering the shoulder and striking Schreeves, police said.

About 9 p.m. Saturday, a passenger on a motorcycle was killed after the vehicle's driver lost control and struck a curb while traveling on Clopper Road near Great Seneca Highway in Montgomery County, police said.

Police said the driver, David Crockett, age unavailable, and his passenger, Mary Maxwell Credeur, 39, both of Germantown, were thrown from the motorcycle.

Credeur was pronounced dead at the scene, and Crockett was in critical condition today at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said.

Police said neither Credeur nor Crockett was wearing a helmet and that traffic charges against Crockett were pending.

In Baltimore, 85-year-old Imogene Ponzillo, of the 3800 block of Glenmore Ave., was hit by a car when she attempted to cross Walther and Glenmore avenues about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Police said Ponzillo, who was not walking in a pedestrian crosswalk, was hit by a southbound 1979 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Pauline Valentini, 75, of the 3700 block of Bayonne Ave. Valentini was not injured.

Ponzillo died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said.

Police said pedestrian error contributed to the accident and that no charges were placed against Valentini.

In Western Maryland, a 69-year-old Pittsburgh man died early Saturday of injuries he received when his car crashed while westbound on U.S. 40/48 near Hancock, State Police at Hagerstown said.

Police said that about 1:50 a.m., William Lewis Toth was about five miles west of Hancock when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1987 Mercury Marquis, crossed the center line, crashed through a guardrail and plunged down an embankment.

Toth and his son, William Lee Toth, 28, also of Pittsburgh, were thrown from the car as it overturned several times before landing on its roof at the bottom of the embankment, police said. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Police said the elder Toth was pronounced dead at the scene. His son was in fair condition today at Washington County Hospital, police said.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 176 the number of people killed on Maryland roads so far this year, compared with 221 at the same time last year.

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