Two die on roads during long weekend Two accidents in Frederick Co. claim man, 23, woman, 85.

December 02, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

State Police said two people died on the state's roads over the Thanksgiving weekend, one of them a Frederick motorist who was killed when his Honda Civic was hit head-on by a pickup truck that crossed the center line.

In that accident, police said, alcohol, speed and driver error were factors. Charges are pending.

Killed was James Barclay, 23, of the 200 block of N. Market St., police said.

About 2 a.m. yesterday, Barclay and his front-seat passenger, Howard Schildt, 25, of the same block, were eastbound on U.S. 40, just east of Md. 17 in Frederick County, police said. A westbound 1989 Mazda pickup crossed the center line and slammed into Barclay's 1986 Civic, police said.

Barclay and his passenger were taken to Washington County Hospital, where Barclay was later pronounced dead, police said. Schildt's condition wasn't immediately available, a nurse said.

The pickup driver, John Wiles, 24, of the 900 block of St. Clair St. in Hagerstown, also was admitted to the hospital, where he's listed in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit, a nurse said.

Police said they are awaiting results of a blood-alcohol test.

Schildt, the passenger in the Civic, was the only one wearing a seat belt, police said. Had Barclay been using a seat belt, his life might have been saved, police said.

Also in Frederick County, a three-car accident killed an 85-year-old Thurmont woman and injured four people, police said.

The collision occurred at 2:20 p.m. yesterday on U.S. 15 at Roddy Creek Road. A 1972 Ford Maverick pulled from a center median crossover into the path of a 1987 Ford Thunderbird that was in the fast lane, police said.

The impact, which ejected the Maverick's driver, forced both vehicles into the slow lane where a 1987 GMC Jimmy rear-

ended the Thunderbird, police said.

A passenger in the Maverick, Ruth Rickerd, of Thurmont, was killed, police said.

The Maverick's driver, Catherine Anna Simmers, 84, also of Thurmont, was thrown from the car and received several broken bones and severe facial injuries, police said. She was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Thunderbird, Sharon Joan Stabinski, 30, of Allentown, Pa., was admitted to Gettysburg Hospital, State Police said. She's listed in stable condition.

The occupants of the Jimmy, Larry Carl Whitaker, 44, and his wife, Pamela Sue, 43, both of Taneytown in Carroll County, were treated at the scene.

Police said charges are pending against Simmers for failing to yield the right of way.

Simmers and her passenger did not wear seat belts, police said.

State Police at Pikesville said 647 people have died on the state's roads so far this year, compared with 668 at the same time last year.

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