A Baltimore County man was Maryland's first traffic fatality of 1992 and a Baltimore woman the second, State Police report.
Both accidents occurred in Anne Arundel County.
According to State Police at Pikesville, 700 people died on Maryland roadways in 1991, 27 fewer than in 1990.
Police attributed the decline to increased use of seat belts by drivers and passengers. But one victim yesterday was not wearing a seat belt, police said.
About 4:43 a.m. yesterday, Joseph Gerard Brauns, of the 6700
block of Windsor Mill Road in Woodlawn, was driving a 1988 Suzuki north on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Ferndale Road in Ferndale when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a southbound taxicab, police said.
Trooper Craig Ingram, of the Glen Burnie Barracks, said Brauns, 32, was taken by ambulance to North Arundel Hospital, where his condition was stabilized before he was flown by Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he died at 10:50 a.m. of multiple injuries.
Brauns was not wearing a seat belt, Ingram said.
Ingram reported that also injured in the crash were:
* Charles W. Woodworth, 57, of the 5000 block of Brookwood Road in Baltimore, the driver of the Associated cab. He was treated at North Arundel Hospital for minor injuries and released.
* Marie A. Shives, 50, of the 200 block of S. Broadview Blvd. in Glen Burnie, a passenger in the cab. Shives also was taken to Shock-Trauma, where she was listed today in fair condition with multiple lacerations.
The second fatal accident occurred on River Road near West Nursery Road in Linthicum shortly before noon, Anne Arundel County police said.
Police said Joanne Kathleen Allen, 28, of the 600 block of Harvey St. in South Baltimore, was driving a car west on River Road about 11:41 a.m. when the vehicle left the road
way before entering a curve, skidded more than 150 feet, then crossed the center line and crashed into a tree.
Allen was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
Police said speed and driver error contributed to the crash.
Last year's 700th traffic death occurred about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday on the Eastern Shore.
State Police at the Easton Barracks said Walter Lewis Jones 3rd, 26, of Largo in Prince George's County, was driving a pickup truck west on Md. 312 south of Md. 313 near Goldsboro when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and crashed into a tree.
Jones, the only occupant of the truck, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Easton, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.