Six die on state roads Two pedestrians among those killed over the weekend.

November 25, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff Alisa Samuels contributed to this article.

State Police say six people were killed in traffic accidents over the weekend, including two pedestrians struck down by hit-and-run vehicles.

The deaths, said the State Police at Pikesville, brought to 635 the number of persons killed on the state's roadways so far this year, compared with 661 the same time last year.

In Baltimore County, an 84-year-old man was crossing Church Road just west of the 7800 block of Wise Ave. in Dundalk about 6 p.m. yesterday when he was struck by a car whose driver failed to stop.

Police said Curtis Luther Verdier, of the first block of Vista Mobile Drive in Dundalk, was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead at 6:33 p.m.

Police said the midsize car that hit Verdier sustained damage to its left front.

A hit-and-run accident that occurred in the city about 11 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of Anthony Brown, 23, of the 2500 block of W. Lafayette Ave.

Police said Brown was illegally crossing the 600 block of N. Monroe Street at Edmondson Avenue at 11:10 p.m. when he was hit by a southbound Ford Escort whose driver failed to stop.

Police said Brown was taken by ambulance to the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Shortly after the accident, police found the car, which had been abandoned with its lights on, not far from the scene.

After interviewing the owner, police went to a home in the 3300 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway and arrested William Floyd Clark, 39, who reportedly borrowed the car from the owner.

Police said Clark was held overnight at the Northwestern District and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, giving police false information, and possession of cocaine. Police said the cocaine was found in the car.

Clark was to appear today at a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner, police said.

Another pedestrian was killed in the city in an accident at 3:35 a.m. yesterday when Derrick Demonde Church, 17, of the 1700 block of Barclay St., was struck by a 1986 Chevrolet as he jaywalked at the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and 25th Street.

Police said Church was pronounced dead at the scene and that the driver of the car, Martin Miller, 30, of the 1200 block of Woodbourne Ave., was not charged.

On the Eastern Shore, one teen-ager was killed and two others injured when the car in which they were riding left the southbound lane of Brooks Drive near Glebe Road in Easton about 9 p.m. Saturday and crashed into an embankment.

Police said all three youths were taken by ambulance to Easton Memorial Hospital, where one of them died and the others were admitted.

Police said the names of the youths would not be available until later today.

In Harford County, Margaret Willard, 73, of the 1400 block of Wilow Oak Road, Edgewood, died early Saturday morning when the 1991 Dodge in which she was a passenger was struck head-on by a truck while traveling north on Md. 7 north of Joppa Road in Joppa.

State Police at Bel Air said Willard was taken to Fallston General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.

The driver of the car, Frederick Buettner, also 73 and from the 1400 block of Willow Oak Road, was not injured.

Police said the driver of the southbound truck, Walter Lively, 49, of the 1100 block of Royston Place in Bel Air, was charged with driving while intoxicated and was today listed in satisfactory condition at the hospital.

Police said the accident was being reviewed by the county prosecutor's office in an effort to determine which driver was at fault.

Near Oldtown, in Allegany County, a 31-year-old West Virginia man was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on Md. 51 just across the Potomac River from Paw Paw, W. Va.

State Police said Randy Lee Fertig, of Springfield, was attempting to turn left when he accidentally hit the vehicle's kickstand.

When the kickstand struck the pavement, the vehicle went out of control and struck a guardrail.

Police said Fertig, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown off the vehicle and into the guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene from severe chest injuries.

His passenger, Lee Ann Fenimore, 28, of Martinsburg, was treated at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland and released.

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