State Police reported three people died in traffic accidents over the weekend, bringing to 295 the number of persons killed so far this year on the state's roadways, compared with 333 the same time last year.
Police said all three fatal accidents occurred Saturday, the latest being in the city at an intersection in the Forest Park area.
Officer Herbert Mosley, of the city police traffic investigation section, reported that Samuel Reginald Watts, 78, of the 3800 block of Cedardale Road, was driving a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am south in the 3400 block of Edgewood Road at 7:36 p.m. Saturday when he failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with 3500 block of Liberty Heights Ave.
Mosley reported that Watts entered the intersection and was struck broadside by an eastbound 1989 Isuzu driven by Bryan Page, 29, of the 10200 block of Windstream Drive in Columbia in Howard County.
Mosley reported that the impact caused Watts' car to overturn and strike several parked cars.
Watts was transported by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Mosley reported that Page was taken by ambulance to the Liberty Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Mosley reported that driver error by Watts contributed to the collision.
At 2 a.m. Saturday, Robert Mark Rogers, 30, of Chester on Kent Island in Queen Anne's County, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer south on Dominion Road in Chester when he lost control of the vehicle near New Town Road and ran off the right side of the roadway, said the State Police at Centreville.
Police said the vehicle then swerved sharply and struck a house.
Upon impact with the house, the Blazer caught fire.
Police said Rogers, who was unable to escape the flames, was pronounced dead at the scene.
L None of the occupants of the house was injured, police said.
In Baltimore County, a 26-year-old Howard County man was killedaround 1 a.m. Saturday when the 1973 Ford van he was driving west on Interstate 70 near Rolling Road crashed into the rear of a state highway administration highway cleaning vehicle that had stopped along the shoulder.
Police said the truck's hazard lights were operating.
State Police said Robert Scott Loveless, 26, of the 10200 block of Westwood Drive in Columbia, was driving west at 1 a.m. when he crashed into the back of the vehicle. Its driver, Brian Evans, 34, of the 700 block of Cooper Road in Glen Burnie, was on foot gathering large pieces of debris by hand.
Police said Evans saw the van approaching the rear of his truck and ran into the median to escape injury.
Police said Loveless was pronounced dead at the scene.