4 die in auto accidents 2-year-old boy is hit by car in Prince George's County.

December 23, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

State Police reported that three people, including a 2-year-old Prince George's County boy, died in separate traffic accidents over the weekend.

Also killed were a 14-year-old Queen Anne's County boy and a 27-year-old Laurel woman.

And in Rhode Island, a Prince George's County woman was killed yesterday when she was struck by a tractor-trailer on southbound Interstate 95 while she stood outside her car after it collided with another on the icy roadway.

In Prince George's County, Jerome Deal, 2, of Largo, wandered onto Addison Road in Seat Pleasant about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, county police said.

The toddler walked onto the roadway and was struck by a car whose driver immediately stopped, police said.

Police said Jerome was rushed by ambulance to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he died a short time later from multiple injuries.

The driver was not charged.

In Grasonville, Queen Anne's County, Jermaine C. Burke, 14, of Queenstown, was killed about 8 p.m. Saturday when he was struck by a car as he and another youngster walked along a county road, State Police said.

Police said Burke and his friend were walking along the shoulder of the northbound lane of Grasonville Cemetery Road when the driver of a southbound 1976 Mercedes-Benz entered the opposite lane while attempting to pass another car.

The Mercedes-Benz veered too far and struck Burke, police said. His companion escaped injury. The Mercedes-Benz re-entered the southbound lane and struck the back of the car it originally tried to pass, police said. Continuing down the road, the Mercedes-Benz skidded to a halt, and its two occupants jumped out of the car and fled, police said.

Burke was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two hours after the accident, police went to a house in Grasonville and arrested a man they said was the driver of the car that hit Burke. Marcus T. Lovett, 18, of Centreville, admitted he was driving the Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Police said charges against Lovett were pending a consultation today between the investigating officer, witnesses to the incident and the county state's attorney.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday, a two-car collision in the 11000 block of Edmondson Road in Beltsville killed Marian Frances, 27, of the 9400 block of Muirkirk Road in Laurel, Prince George's County police said. They said Frances was driving a car that crossed the center line and crashed into another vehicle.

Frances was taken by ambulance to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where she was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m.

The driver of the other car, Juan Solis, 25, of Hyattsville, was taken to the same hospital, where he was listed today in critical condition.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 682 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 713 at the same time last year.

In Rhode Island, state police said that shortly before 7 a.m. yesterday, Sanposh K. Chand, 44, of Upper Marlboro, was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on southbound I-95 as she stood next to her car, which had been hit by another car on the icy roadway.

The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to stop after the accident, police said.

Police said Chand and her husband, Nank Chand, 48, were returning home for the Christmas holiday after picking up their 24-year-old son, Banti, and their 21-year-old daughter, Nisha, both students at Boston University.

Police said the husband and son were taken to a hospital, where they were treated for injuries sustained in the two-car collision. The daughter was unhurt.

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