Four people were killed in three separate early morning traffic accidents yesterday, including a man and woman whose vehicles collided on an icy stretch of road in Harford County.
The Maryland State Police said that rain combined with cold air to produce icy road conditions in counties north and west of Baltimore during the early morning traffic rush. They said that in addition to the fatal collision in Harford County, many minor injury accidents resulted from the icy roads.
In the Harford County crash, the police said Jennifer Lynn McDougall, 44, of the 1600 block of Poole Road, Darlington, was southbound on Route 136 just south of Street about 6:40 a.m. when she lost control of her 1986 Mercury Cougar.
Her car spun into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup operated by Raymond Leroy Roberts Sr., 32, of the 2800 block of Runions Lane, Bel Air.
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said.
In a later accident in Montgomery County, a 53-year-old Frederick woman was killed about 8 a.m. when she lost control of her car while she was traveling south on Interstate 270, north of Rockville. Police said that the woman had swerved onto the median to avoid a traffic backup from an earlier accident and that her car slid across the grass into the path of a northbound tractor-trailer driven by Robert Fulton Jr., 52, of Lewisberry, Pa.
The woman, identified as Erlinda Domingo McDaniel of Frederick, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Fulton was uninjured, police said.
In the third fatal accident, one man was killed and another seriously injured just after 2 a.m. when a 1981 Datsun ran off the shoulder of Yellow Springs Road near Frederick and struck a tree, according to state police.
A passenger in the car, identified only as John Leroy Stallings, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
They said the driver, Dean Sylvester Linton, 46, of the 6100 block of Ford Road, Frederick, was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Police said the fatal crashes bring to 14 the number of people killed in traffic accidents since the first of the year, the same number killed at this time last year.