Weekend traffic accidents kill four Motorcyclist strikes pedestrian. Both men are killed.

August 19, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

State Police reported that four people died in weekend traffic-related incidents, including one in Baltimore that claimed the life of a motorcyclist and the pedestrian he struck.

Officer James Schaekel, of the city police traffic investigation section, said that about 1:25 a.m. yesterday, Christopher Correlli, 26, was operating a late-model Suzuki GSX-1100 motorcycle north in the 4300 block of Reisterstown Road at a speed of more than 90 mph when the vehicle left the roadway after he crossed the intersection with Cold Spring Lane.

The motorcycle ran onto the pavement and fatally struck Tommie Lee Jackson, 46, of the 5200 block of Wilton Heights Ave., who moments earlier had left the house of his girlfriend, who lived across the street in the 4400 block of Reisterstown Road, Schaekel said. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motorcycle continued on for several feet before it crashed through the driver's side door of an unoccupied 1987 Ford Taurus that was parked on a lot near the intersection, Schaekel said.

Schaekel said the force of the impact caused Correlli, of the 4400 block of Buena Vista Ave., to be ejected from the motorcycle. He landed several feet away and was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple injuries that included a broken neck.

Schaekel said the motorcycle was buried inside the car past its fuel tank, which is straddled by the motorcycle's driver.

In north Baltimore, a Towson man celebrating his 23rd birthday early Saturday died of head injuries when he fell from the hood of a car driven by a woman with whom he had been arguing.

Police said Glen McQuay, of the 300 block of Dixie Drive, was arguing with Jill Susan Williams shortly after 1 a.m. when he jumped on the hood of her 1985 Toyota in the 100 block of Cedarcroft Road and banged on the windshield of the moving car.

McQuay fell to the pavement, striking his head, and was transported by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead of head injuries, police said.

Police said Williams, 23, of the first block of Hickory Meadow Road in Hunt Valley, left the scene and went to a home in the 6100 block of Bellona Ave. where the argument began. She was arrested there and charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident involving a personal injury, police said.

Other charges against Williams are pending a review of the incident by the city state's attorney's office.

In East Baltimore Friday night, a 16-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bike near the intersection of East Lanvale and North Wolfe streets.

Police said Lawrence Thompson, of the 3100 block of Oakford Ave., was riding his bike west on Lanvale about 11:20 p.m. when he ran a stop sign at Wolfe.

In trying to avoid a car headed south on Wolfe, Thompson was thrown from his bike and was struck by the car, police said. Thompson was rushed by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died early Saturday of head and internal injuries.

The driver of the car, Jerome Epps, a 33-year-old Army sergeant, of the 4400 block of Moravia Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Additional charges are pending a review of the accident by the city state's attorney's office.

State Police at Pikesville said the four deaths brought to 409 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 479 at the same time last year.

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