Two people died over the weekend in separate traffic accidents, bringing the number of highway fatalities so far this year to 457, compared with 520 the same time last year, State Police said.
The latest reported fatality occurred shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday on the Eastern Shore and claimed the life of a 31-year-old Massachusetts woman.
Police said the victim, Gloria J. Taylor of Roxbury, a passenger in a car that crashed into another vehicle, was flown to Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, where she died nearly two hours after the crash.
Police said Taylor was in a westbound 1985 Volvo driven by Sammy L. Harris, 36, of Roxbury, on U.S. 50 near Moose Road in Cambridge. Harris lost control of the car and crossed a grass-covered median strip, police said.
Entering the opposite lane, the Volvo rammed broadside into a 1991 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Trung Tan Phan, 54, of Arlington, Va., and occupied by three other people.
Police said Harris and Phan were taken by ambulance to Peninsula General, where Harris was listed in critical condition today and Phan in serious condition.
The three passengers in Phan's car were treated for injuries at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and released.
Speeding and driver error by Harris contributed to the crash, police said. Charges were pending his release from the hospital.
About 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jonathan David Cardwell, 24, of Germantown, was killed when the Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 he was driving west on Randolph Road near Dewey Road in Wheaton left the road and crashed into a utility pole. The car split into two parts.
Police said Cardwell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two passengers were taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda for treatment of injuries.