5 killed in traffic accidents in Maryland during weekend

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

Traffic accidents on Maryland roads killed at least five people over the weekend, including the drivers of two pickup trucks involved in a head-on crash Saturday night in North East, authorities reported.

The latest fatality occurred about 7:15 last night on Pylesville Road in northern Harford County, near the Pennsylvania border, where a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota pickup truck were involved in another head-on crash. Details of the accident were not immediately available.

State police said the driver of the car was dead at the scene, but three of its passengers survived along with the driver of the pickup truck.

All were flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center andJohns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Police said the cause of the accident remained under investigation.

The crash Saturday night claimed the lives of Leonardo Hernandez, 32, and MeecyRoberta Dunn, 44, both of Elkton.

Police said Mr. Hernandez was driving his 1986 Dodge Ram south on Mechanics Valley Road less than a mile north of U.S. 40 when he crossed the double-yellow line.

The Dodge struck a northbound 1987 Chevrolet S-10 driven by Ms. Dunn. The drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers in Ms. Dunn's truck were injured. Amanda Angula, 13, of North East was taken by MedEvac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was released after treatment.

Rebecca Ray, 13, of Elkton was taken to Union Hospital in Elkton, where she was listed in stable condition.

On Saturday morning, a young woman was killed and four other people were injured when two cars collided head-on in Davidsonville.

Anne Arundel County police said Tina Lee, 23, of Edgewater was driving a 1977 Dodge Colt west on Route 214 near Beards Point Road when she crossed the center line and hit an eastbound 1987 Dodge van at 11:05 a.m.

Ms. Lee, who was alone in the Colt, was dead at the scene.

The driver and a 7-year-old girl riding in the van were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where they were reported in critical condition.

Two other passengers were taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center and were in stable condition, according to police. The names of the injured were not divulged.

The other fatality occurred about 12:25 a.m. Saturday in a fiery crash on Route 13 near Salisbury.

Police said Gregory H. Wright, 38, of Laurel, Del., died when his 1983 Dodge Colt ran into the median, struck a reflector, a sign support pole and a traffic light pole, overturned several times and burst into flames.

Mr. Wright was dead at the scene.

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