2 drivers, sledding child killed on snowy roads Weather called a factor in three traffic deaths.

January 27, 1992|By Richard Irwin

State Police said two motorists died in traffic accidents over the weekend on snow-covered roads and an 11-year-old Silver Spring boy was killed when he rode his plastic sled down a hill and under a moving car.

Two other children were injured in sledding incidents, police said.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 32 the number of people killed on Maryland roads so far this year, compared with 43 at the same time last year.

About 12:45 a.m. yesterday, John Joseph Redmond, 43, of Shore Road in Edgemere, was driving a 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass east on Peninsula Expressway near Merritt Boulevard when the car skidded on the slippery surface and rode up onto a concrete median strip, Baltimore County police said.

Police said the car continued some 40 feet on the strip before it struck a metal rail and went spinning back onto the roadway.

The impact with the rail threw Mr. Redmond against the car's steering column, causing chest injuries, police said.

Mr. Redmond was taken by ambulance to Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Prince George's County police said that about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Christopher Kraus, 25, of Mallard Point in McDaniel, was driving an Isuzu west along U.S. 50 near the border between Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties when he failed to see a State Highway Administration snowplow and crashed into the back of the vehicle.

Mr. Kraus was rushed by ambulance to Anne Arundel General Hospital, where he died a short time later, police said.

The driver of the snowplow, Clarence Tasker, 55, of Annapolis, and his assistant, whose name was not available, were not injured.

In the fatal sledding accident, Montgomery County police said Matthew Hartmann, 11, of the 10200 block of Sutherland Road in Silver Spring, was riding a plastic dish-sled down a hill near Southwood Road in Silver Spring about 10 a.m. yesterday when the sled entered the roadway and slid under a car driven by John Bobich of Silver Spring.

The road was covered with ice and snow and the car traveled several yards before coming to a stop, police said.

The boy was rushed to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, where he died of multiple injuries shortly after noon, police said.

Police said no charges were placed against Mr. Bobich.

State Police in Bel Air said that Ashley Force, 3, of Whiteford, was injured about 4 p.m. yesterday when the sled she was riding down a hill at North Harford Elementary School in Whiteford struck a set of bleachers next to a playground.

The child was flown to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition today, police said.

Baltimore County police said that Michael Sean Ryan, 9, of the 7300 block of Windsor Mill Road, sustained a head injury about 5 p.m. yesterday when the sled he was riding down a hill at Catonsville Community College struck a tree.

The youngster was flown from the scene by a State Police Medevac helicopter to the pediatric intensive care unit at Hopkins, where he also was listed in stable condition today, police said.

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