State Police said four people died in three traffic accidents over the weekend. Among them was a Baltimore County woman who was thrown from the back of a pickup truck when the driver made a U-turn.
About 6:30 p.m. yesterday, an Allegany County man was killed near his home when he entered the opposite lane and crashed his motorcycle into a pickup truck, State Police at Cumberland said.
Police said Roger Lee Custer, 25, of Barton, was driving a Honda motorcycle north on Laurel Run Road about 6:30 p.m. when he entered the southbound lane and crashed into a 1979 Ford pickup truck driven by another Barton resident, Courtney G. Frenzel Jr., 31.
Custer was taken to Frostburg Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Frenzel was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland, where his condition was not immediately known.
In Anne Arundel County, a New Rochelle, N.Y., couple was killed yesterday when a car driven by a 16-year-old Severn boy crossed the grass median strip on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway just beyond the city line and crashed into their car, state police at Glen Burnie said.
Police said Victor L. Ridder, 49, and his wife, Mary, 48, were north bound on Interstate 295 about 1 p.m. when a southbound 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity driven by Eric D. Strickland, 16, of the 7900 block of Millstone Road in Severn, went out of control.
The Chevrolet entered the northbound lane and crashed head-on into the Ridders' late-model Lincoln Continental, police said.
Victor Ridder was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His wife was flown by Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she died a short time later.
Police said Strickland also was taken to Shock-Trauma, where he was listed today in critical condition. Charges against him were pending, police said.
In the Baltimore County accident, police said Robert Edward Casey, 18, of the first block of Randolph Road in Middle River, was driving a 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck south on Carroll Island Road about 11 p.m. Saturday when he made a U-turn near Nollmeyer Road to go north.
As the vehicle was turning, Denise Allison Ramsundar, 27, of the 3700 block of White Pine Road in Bowleys Quarters, who was either standing in the truck bed or sitting on a cargo container, was thrown from the vehicle and landed in the roadway, police said.
Ramsundar was flown by State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, police said.
State Police at Pikesville said the deaths brought to 521 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared to 583 at the same time last year.