Five killed on state roadways Two die when their car is struck during construction delay on I-95.

July 22, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

Five people died on the state's roadways over the weekend, including two in a Howard County accident.

The highway fatality toll now stands at 352 this year, compared with 400 at the same time last year.

In the Howard County accident, the victims died after three cars collided early yesterday on Interstate 95 near Md. 100.

State Police at the Waterloo barracks said Richard John Thiel 3rd, 26, of Annapolis, was driving over the 55-mph speed limit on northbound I-95 about 12:15 a.m. when he failed to react to traffic that had stopped for construction south of Md. 100.

Police said Thiel's 1987 Ford Ranger struck a 1983 Toyota in the rear, and then hit a 1984 Honda Civic that had stopped in front of the Toyota.

The driver of the Toyota, John Watkins, 20, of Hampstead, and a passenger, Dona Marie Telek, 19, of Soth Avenue in Perry Hall, were flown by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Telek died shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday and Watkins, who had been placed on life-support systems, died at 7:30 p.m.

Julia Swingler, 18, of Dawnvale Road in Perry Hall, a third occupant of the Toyota, received minor injuries.

Police said Thiel, a passenger in his Ranger and two occupants of the Honda sustained minor injuries.

Police said charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to reduce speed in a construction zone were placed against Thiel.

In Prince George's County, a man was killed and a woman injured Saturday when their 1990 Toyota station wagon, southbound on I-95 on the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge near the Virginia line, struck a 1982 Mercedes in the rear while it was attempting to pass. The Toyota overturned, throwing out both occupants. The car struck the concrete barrier dividing the northbound and southbound lanes and burst into flames.

The station wagon driver, Robert Allen Jensen, 24, of Alexandria, Va., died at the scene of the 5 a.m. accident. His passenger, Jane C. Birdsall, 25, of Alexandria, was flown to the Washington Hospital Center, where she was in serious condition today.

Police said excessive speed contributed to the accident and thaneither occupant was wearing a seat belt.

Police said the driver of the Mercedes, Ishmael Wright, 35, of Sterling, Va., was not injured.

In the city, a 66-year-old woman was killed and a 6-year-old boy seriously injured when two vehicles collided Saturday on Reisterstown Road in Pimlico, police said.

Traffic investigation police said Lillie May Johnson, of the 1700 block of Eutaw Place, was driving a 1986 Dodge south in the 4700 block of Reisterstown Road at 4:10 p.m. when she crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Ford van driven by William Sinkler Sr., 45, of the 3300 block of Parkington Ave.

Johnson died at the scene. A passenger in Sinkler's van, Dierre Sinkler, 6, also of the 3300 block Parkington Ave., was rushed by ambulance to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition today.

Police did not know the child's relationship to the elder Sinkler, who along with another passenger in the van was treated at Sinai Hospital for minor injuries and released.

Driver error by Johnson caused the crash, police said.

In Baltimore County, an apparent race between two cars early Friday in Lansdowne resulted in the death of a passenger in one car.

County police said the two speeding cars were attempting to pass a third about 2:30 a.m., when the driver of a 1984 Toyota Celica, David Dion Smith, 18, of the 7600 block of Pleasant Drive, Pasadena, lost control of his car and crashed into a chain-link fence.

Police said a post from the fence entered the rear of the Toyota and struck a passenger, Paul Brian Michael, 19, of the 7600 block of 4th St., killing him instantly.

The Toyota kept going, re-entered the roadway and crashed into a 1991 Ford Explorer van, driven by Sean Richard Daly, 20, of the 3200 block of Ryerson Circle, Lansdowne, police said.

Two passengers in the Toyota, Susan Emrick, 19, and Shannon Lawyer, 18, both of Lansdowne, were taken to St. Agnes Hospital. Smith, who received minor injuries, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Other charges were pending a full investigation of the crash by police and the state's attorney's office, police said.

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