Crashes kill 4 on Md. roads Woodlawn motorist drives into utility pole in Gambrills.

December 09, 1991|By Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin | Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

State Police say four people died over the weekend in traffic accidents, the latest being a Baltimore County man who apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car in Gambrills about 11:15 a.m. yesterday.

Anne Arundel County police say the driver, Darry Mervin Harrod, 38, of the 5400 block of Dogwood Road in Woodlawn, was driving on Crain Highway near Church View Road in Gambrills when the car left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole.

Harrod was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital about an hour later.

On the Eastern Shore, a Salisbury motorist and his passenger were killed when the pickup truck in which they were riding missed a curve on a Wicomico County road and crashed into a bridge abutment.

Police say the driver, Richard Todd Wooten, 29, and his passenger, Clifton Calvin Chenoweth Jr., 35, of Frankford, Del., were pronounced dead about 2 a.m. yesterday.

Police say Wooten was driving a 1986 Ford pickup truck south on Md. 354 near Adkins Mill Pond Road near Powellville when he ran off the left side of the road.

After striking a guardrail, the pickup crashed into a bridge abutment and spun in midair, throwing both occupants out before coming to rest on its roof.

Police say speed, driver error and the use of alcohol contributed to the crash.

Early Saturday morning, a Pennsylvania man was killed and his passenger seriously injured when the 1985 Ford Escort in which they were riding on Interstate 83 a mile north of Mount Carmel Road crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder.

Scott Thomas Storm, 23, of Hanover, was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, Chris L. Potter, 31, also of Hanover, was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore. He was listed today in serious condition.

Police say Storm was northbound in the fast lane about 4:40 a.m. when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, veered across the roadway and crashed into the legally parked rig occupied by Larry Martin Korch, 46, of Temple, Pa.

Police say the men in the Escort were trapped for several minutes before firefighters used metal-cutting equipment to remove them. The truck driver was not injured.

Police say the 1991 state highway death toll is 661, compared with 681 a year ago.

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