HARFORD COUNTY — The Sun incorrectly reported yesterday that the driver of a car in a Harford County crash early Sunday died instantly and that a passenger died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. In fact, the driver, Stacy Neil Scott, 17, was pronounced dead at Shock Trauma. The passenger, Melody Nechelle Blume, 16, died at the scene, state police said.
The Sun regrets the error.
Seven people died in highway accidents as of last night on Maryland roads, equaling last year's Labor Day death toll with one day left in the holiday weekend.
As of midnight, state police reported five fatal accidents since Friday at 6 p.m. Last year, seven people died in seven accidents Friday through Monday.
This year's accidents include four people who died in two separate crashes yesterday in Aberdeen and near the neighborhood of Stockton.
The first accident in the county occurred about 4:45 a.m. yesterday when a car driven by Stacy Neil Scott, 17, slid off Route 7 east of Brass Mill Road and smashed sideways into a utility pole, state police in Bel Air said.
Stacy, of the 100 block of Waldon Road in Abingdon, was killed instantly. Police said a passenger in the car, Melody Nechelle Blume, 16, of the 800 block of Truxton Court in Edgewood, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Melody's brother, Harold Blume III, said his sister would have been a junior at Aberdeen High School when classes begin tomorrow. He said the two girls became friends about two years ago.
The second accident occurred shortly past 10 last night. State police had no details last night, but said two people died in a two-car collision on Mountain at Old Joppa roads.
Prince George's County
State police said that about 11 p.m. Saturday, Matthew Kowalczyk, 17, of Holly Berry Court in Glenarm, Baltimore County, parked his car on the shoulder of northbound I-95, just south of Powder Mill Road, and got out to retrieve something that had fallen out of the car.
He was walking alone in the fast lane when he was struck by a car driven by So Young Oh, 51, of Gaithersburg, police said. Thomas Eversole, 42, of Annapolis, swerved to avoid hitting Mr. Oh's vehicle and also struck Matthew, police said.
Police said that the road was dry and that charges are pending against the two drivers.
State police in Hagerstown said that Lynn Marie Toomey, 18, of Maugansville lost control of her 1988 Chevrolet Chevette while driving east on U.S. 40 near Clear Spring and hit a tree.
Ms. Toomey was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital shortly after the 5:35 a.m. accident.
Police said speed, alcohol and driver error contributed to the crash.
State police in North East said that Larry Blake, 32, of Elkton, was killed when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by a van driven by Harold McCanick, 35, of Elkton.
Mr. Blake, who police believe was not wearing a helmet, was struck while trying to make a left turn at Leeds and Deaver roads. He was pronounced dead at Union Hospital in Elkton.
No charges were filed.