Two men were killed Saturday night in separate accidents when the drivers of the cars they were riding in swerved to avoid animals that had run into the road in front of them, area police agencies reported.
In another accident east of Hagerstown yesterday, two people from Missouri were killed and a teen-ager critically injured when their van left a highway and overturned.
The first fatal accident blamed on an animal occurred Saturday evening. Robert Owen Suit Jr., 21, of the 1300 block of Double Gate Road in Davidsonville, was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center shortly after he was thrown from a 1987 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Robert Frederick Beall Jr., 21, of the 3800 block of Birdsville Road in Davidsonville.
Anne Arundel County police said Mr. Beall was driving west on Mount Airy Road near Davidsonville Road at 7:50 p.m. when he swerved to avoid an animal that ran across the road. He lost control of the car and it began to roll. Mr. Suit was thrown from the vehicle and it rolled over him, police said. Mr. Beall refused treatment from paramedics at the scene, police said.
At 10:40 p.m., Dannie Edward Young Jr., 31, of the 100 block of Chartsey St. in Largo, swerved to avoid hitting an animal that ran in front of his car on River Road in Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County.
Mr. Young lost control of his 1986 BMW, causing it to flip and roll 400 feet before stopping, police said. His passenger, Robert Weaver Savoid, 30, of the 13000 block of Whiteholm Drive in Upper Marlboro, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Mr. Young was treated at Suburban Hospital. In the Washington County crash, state police said a 1987 Ford Aerostar van driven by Ruth Ann Jaegers, 39, of Foley, Mo., was traveling east on Interstate 70 near Route 66 about 7:15 p.m. when the van left the highway, hit a guardrail and rolled over. Mrs. Jaegers was thrown from the car. Her son, Frank Jaegers Jr., 20, was trapped under the wreckage. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Mrs. Jaegers' other son, Jamie, 13, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday afternoon.