Weekend's Traffic Toll Climbs To Four

May 29, 1991|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff writer

Two county residents were killed in car accidents over the holiday weekend, and two others died of injuries suffered in crashes from the previous weekend, county police said.

One other resident remained in extremely critical condition yesterday as a result of a collision Saturday in Ellicott City.

"It was a bad weekend to be driving," said county police spokesman Sgt. Robert Adams. "We had an awful lot of traffic compared to pastholidays. It seemed unusually bad."

On Sunday, a 13-year-old pedestrian, Mekia Hammond of the 1700 block of Old Annapolis Road in Woodbine, was killed when she was struck at 9 p.m. while walking along the northbound shoulder of Route 94 just north of Florence Road, policesaid.

Traffic officers are still investigating the accident.

No charges have been filed against the driver, a 17-year-old Woodbine youth, police said.

Earlier Sunday, at approximately 3:50 a.m., Martin Joseph Novitski, 23, of the 3200 block of Sharp Road in Glenwood, was killed after being thrown from his motorcycle on Gorman Road near Laurel.

Police said Novitski was not wearing a helmet and that speed and alcohol appeared to have contributed to the accident.

A collision between a truck and a car at 1:10 p.m. Saturday critically injured 23-year-old John Santos, of the 6400 block of Elffolk Terracein Columbia. Santos remained in critical condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore.

The driver of the truck, William Hatfield, of the 9500 block of Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City, did not require hospitalization.

Police said Hatfield was driving northbound on Sheppard Lane when he stopped at the Homewood Road intersection. As he pulled into the intersection, police said, he struck Santos' car on the driver's side. Santos was westbound on Homewood Road. Santos' car overturned near an embankment and he was ejected from the vehicle.

No charges have been filed, although the investigation is continuing, police said.

Two others who were injured in accidents two weeks ago also died over the weekend.

Charles E. Bekos, 27, of the 8400 block of CotoneasterDrive in Ellicott City, died at 2:40 p.m. Saturday at the Shock Trauma Center of serious head and internal injuries, police said. Bekos' car struck a tree May 17 on Route 108 in Columbia.

Another accident victim, Marion Edward Loan, 57, of the 9000 block of Jefferson Street in Savage, died at 3 p.m. Friday at Prince George's County GeneralHospital. Loan was struck by a car on U.S. 1 near Whiskey Bottom Road while riding his moped May 18.

The driver of the car that struckLoan's moped, 26-year-old Scott A. Oakley, of the 1500 block of Laureland Place in Laurel, was arrested shortly after the accident and charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said yesterday that more charges are pending against Oakley.

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