Six people, including two Edgewood teen-agers, killed in traffic accidents City man struck by hit-and-run driver

February 16, 1992|By Erik Nelson | Erik Nelson,Staff Writer

Six people died in Maryland late Friday and yesterday as a result of traffic accidents, including a hit-and-run victim in the city and two Edgewood teen-agers whose speeding car plowed into a pole.

In Baltimore, traffic investigators were searching yesterday for a female hit-and-run driver whose vehicle carried a pedestrian more than 100 feet on Harford Road.

The accident occurred at 9:10 p.m. Friday in the 6100 block of Harford Road. Police said George Bittner, 31, of the 7900 block of Bon Air Road, had walked halfway across the street when he was hit.

Mr. Bittner was picked up on the hood of the late-model beige Toyota, police said. After traveling more than 100 feet, the car spun around, threw him off and sped south.

A southbound motorist witnessed the accident, said Gary Starkey, a police accident investigator.

"He attempted to follow the car and got hung in traffic," the officer said. But the witness lost the Toyota at the intersection of Glenmore Avenue, where the hit-and-run driver ran a red light and continued south on Harford Road.

The Toyota's driver was described as a woman with either light brown or sandy blond hair. The vehicle's windshield should be shattered and the car's hood and grill probably are dented, Officer Starkey said.

Police asked anyone with information about the accident to call the traffic investigation unit at 396-2606.

State police in Bel Air said the teen-agers' accident occurred shortly before midnight Friday.

Chad David Sullivan, 17, of the 600 block of Wayne Leaf Court, Edgewood, was driving a 1985 Chrysler Laser south on Route 136 when he lost control on a curve and crossed the oncoming lane before striking the pole near Graftons Lane.

A passenger, Kimberly Ann Lester, 15, of the 2300 block of Perry Avenue was pronounced dead on the scene. The Sullivan youth was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 11:45 a.m. yesterday.

Police said excessive speed apparently caused the accident.

At 3:30 a.m. yesterday, Arthur Cole, of the 2800 block of Clifton Avenue, apparently lost control of a 1991 Toyota 4-Runner he was driving west in the 2200 block of West North Avenue. The truck flipped several times and Mr. Cole was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

He was taken to University Hospital with multiple head and other injuries and died at 6:33 a.m. Witnesses told police no other vehicles were involved.

Anne Arundel County police reported yesterday that an 18-year-old county woman died Friday from injuries she suffered in a three-car accident at Annapolis and Oakton roads in Odenton Jan. 27.

Jennifer Lynn Wurtzer of Hanover was a passenger in a Toyota that was struck when its driver pulled in front of a Honda and a Chevrolet that apparently were racing east on Annapolis Road about 7:15 p.m., police said.

Miss Wurtzer died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The drivers of the Toyota and the Honda had been treated at the center and released, police said.

The county state's attorney's office is reviewing the case and will decide if charges will be filed, police said.

Also Friday, Montgomery County police reported that a 65-year-old Falls Church, Va., man was killed in a two-car accident that may have involved drinking.

A Chevrolet van driven by William Wayne Parks, 50, of the 12700 block of Travilah Road, Rockville, was westbound about 3:15 p.m. on Sugarland Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign at Partnership Road.

The van crossed the intersection and struck a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit driven north on Partnership Road by Paul W. Engler, 65, of 3021 Piney Spring Road, Falls Church, Va.

Mr. Engler was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Parks and his passenger, Stephen Christman, 37, also of the 12700 block of Travilah Road, were taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where they were in serious condition yesterday morning.

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