Five killed in traffic accidents Man hit when own car starts up as he looks under hood.

January 13, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

State Police say five people died in separate traffic accidents in Maryland over the weekend, including a Baltimore County man who was fatally injured when the car he was working on suddenly moved and pinned him against the median Jersey barrier on Broening Highway.

Baltimore County police said Edward Barnheart, 25, of the 3000 block of Louth Road in Dundalk, was driving his 1976 2-door Chevrolet south on Broening Highway near Logan Village around 2 a.m. Saturday when the car went out of control and struck the curb of a guardrail and a Jersey barrier that separates the westbound and eastbound lanes of the roadway.

Barnheart pulled over north of Access Road and peered under the hood of his car to try to figure out what was wrong, police said. The vehicle, which was facing the barrier, suddenly accelerated, pinning Barnheart against it.

An ambulance crew pronounced Barnheart dead at the scene, police said.

In Prince George's County, Elmer B. Smith, 67, of Adelphi, was killed yesterday when the 1986 Pontiac his wife was driving was struck broadside on the passenger side by a pickup truck at the intersection of Adelphi and Riggs roads not far from the couple's home, county police said.

Police said the Smiths were westbound on Riggs Road about 3:20 a.m. when their car entered the intersection with Adelphi Road and was hit by a southbound pickup truck driven by James C. May Sr., 58, of Gaithersburg.

Elmer Smith was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.

It was not immediately known if his wife, Hilda Smith, 65, and May had been injured.

In Wheaton on Saturday, Heidi Marlene Tyler, 29, of Upper Marlboro, was killed when the 1990 Pontiac Grand Am in which she was a passenger went out of control while southbound on Randolph Road about 10:45 p.m. and struck a curb before it crashed into a tree, Montgomery County police said.

Police said Tyler was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver, Cheryl Ann Bennett, 35, of Silver Spring, was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where she was listed today in fair condition.

Frederick city police reported that Michael Fishman, 37, of Springfield Lane, Frederick, was killed shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when the 1990 Toyota Camry he was driving westbound on Hamber Drive left the roadway and crashed into the back of an unoccupied car parked on the shoulder.

Police said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

In Harford County, an Abingdon youth was killed early Saturday xTC when the 1987 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving south on MacPhail Road near St. Andrews Way in Bel Air failed to make a curve and crashed into a tree, the county sheriff's office said.

Michael B. Brady, 17, of the 2900 block of Harrogate Way, was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said Brady was not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol, speed and driver error contributed to the crash.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 19 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 16 for the same time last year.

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