State Police say three people died in separate auto accidents over the weekend, bringing to 675 the number of people killed this year on the state's roads, compared with 697 at this time last year.
Joseph Scherba, 58, of the 900 block of Grovehill Road in Arbutus, Baltimore County, was driving his car west on Benfield Road just past Governor Stone Parkway in Millersville about 10:45 p.m. Saturday when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree, Anne Arundel County police said. Upon impact, the car burst into flames.
Scherba was trapped in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier Saturday, at 8:50 a.m., Vanessa Young, 24, of Mechanicsville, and her 6-year-old son were killed when she lost control of a car she was driving on wet pavement on Md. 6 just outside New Market in St. Mary's County.
Young lost control of the car on a curve and it crossed the center line. It turned sideways and its driver's side struck an eastbound 1983 Datsun driven by Pamela Jane Croson, 24, of Dale City, Va., broadside.
Deputy First Class Kenneth Cusic of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department said Young and her son, Keith Eugene Young, 6, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Young's other child, Keith's twin sister, Keisha Elaine, was air-lifted by Med-Star to Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, where she was listed in serious condition today.
Cusic said Croson was flown by a State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center and was listed in serious condition today.
Croson's 6-month-old child, whose name was not available, was strapped in a child safety seat and was not injured.
Cusic said Young's two children also were restrained in child safety seats.
Also, in Baltimore County, an autopsy was set today to determine the cause of death of John Reid Parks Sr., 67, of the 6000 block of Gwynn Oak Ave., whose body was found yesterday morning in his partially submerged car in a stream near the old Gwynn Oak amusement park. Investigators want to determine whether the man died of a heart attack.