One person is killed, six others injured in four separate accidents

September 30, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 29-year-old Westminster-area man was in serious and stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night after the car he was driving struck the rear of a tractor-trailer about 2:15 a.m. yesterday.

That was one of several accidents yesterday and Monday that killed one person and sent four others to Shock Trauma.

Patrick T. Cook, of the 2700 block Bird View Road, was driving his 1978 Pontiac Trans Am east on Route 140 when he ran into the back of the truck, which was slowing for a red traffic signal at Route 97.

Mr. Cook was taken to Baltimore by Maryland State Police MedEvac helicopter with possible head injuries.

The driver of the truck, John W. Bacon, 42, of Randallstown, was not injured.

Westminster police said alcohol might be a contributing factor in the crash and that charges are pending.

Two people were taken to Carroll County General Hospital after a collision at Route 31 and West Main Street about 8:25 a.m. yesterday.

Those injured were identified as Christopher R. Zinn, 19, of the 2500 block of Old Taneytown Road, who was driving east on West Main Street crossing Route 31, when he was struck broadside by a northbound car operated by Mary L. Frazier, 62, of the 400 block of Pleasanton Road.

Mrs. Frazier was charged with driving through a red signal by Westminster Police Officer Michael Bubel.

Also, a head-on collision on Route 32 near Springfield Hospital Center on Monday night sent two drivers to Shock Trauma.

The crash occurred about 7:15 p.m.

Tfc. Leonard Mays, who investigated, said both cars were on the center line when police arrived.

The injured were identified as Sandra Lynn Burns, 18, of Baltimore and James Watson Parker, 46, of Sykesville.

Police said Ms. Burns was southbound on Route 32 north of Raincliffe Road and crossed the center line, colliding with the auto driven by Mr. Parker, which was northbound.

The collision caused the Burns vehicle to turn over on its right side.

Mr. Parker was listed in serious and stable condition, and Ms. Burns was released from Shock Trauma yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, Dennis K. Williams, 19, of Somers Point, N.J., who was injured in a two-car crash on Littlestown Road on Monday, was in fair and stable condition at Shock Trauma yesterday.

In that accident, Michael Patrick Connelly, 25, of Westminster, was killed.

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