1 dead, another hurt in two-car smashup CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

September 29, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

One man was killed and another critically injured in a two-car crash on Littlestown Pike about a mile north of Silver Run Valley Road shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday.

The driver of one vehicle, Michael Patrick Connelly, 25, of Alymer Court, Westminster, was trapped in his Toyota Corolla and was pronounced dead by Dr. Daniel I. Welliver, assistant deputy medical examiner.

Police said a southbound Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, driven by Dennis K. Williams, 19, of Somers Point, N.J., ran off the right side of the highway, careened back onto the road and crossed the double center line before striking the northbound car on the driver's side.

The northbound vehicle then spun around and slammed into the guardrail, facing south.

Rescue workers first removed the vehicle's passenger door, but were unable to extricate the driver until they pulled the crushed car away from the guardrail and removed the driver's door. The body of Mr. Connelly was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The southbound car had overturned and skidded about 60 feet on its roof, coming to rest back in the southbound lane. Rescue units from Carroll County and Adams County, Pa., were able to get the driver out even though the roof was crushed and was touching the steering wheel. Mr. Williams was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical and stable condition.

Route 97 between Silver Run Valley Road and Humbert Schoolhouse Road was blocked for more than two hours for trucks and buses that could not cross a limited-weight bridge.

Tfc. Edward A. Buell, of the Westminster barracks, said the cause of the accident is under investigation, and charges are pending.

The site of the crash was 100 yards south of the spot where three children were killed while riding in their parents' station wagon on July 4 of last year.

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