Three people, two of them pedestrians, were killed in traffic accidents in Maryland early yesterday and late Friday.
In South Baltimore, John Herman Frankton, 50, was killed after his 1985 Ford van slammed into a parked tractor-trailer truck in the 1500 block of West Patapsco Ave. about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
Mr. Frankton, who lived in the 3000 block of Mallview Road, was almost home when his van drifted into the right lane and rammed the back of the flatbed truck, said Tony Petralia, a Baltimore police officer. The officer said Mr. Frankton was apparently preparing to turn onto his street, Mallview Road, when the crash occurred.
Driver error and alcohol contributed to the accident, Mr. Petralia said. He said the truck was legally parked.
Witnesses said that after the crash Mr. Frankton got out of his van and walked around, complaining about the parked truck, Officer Petralia said. The officer said witnesses urged Mr. Frankton to sit down.
Shortly after that he lost consciousness and was transported by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 2:45 a.m. of chest and head injuries, Officer Petralia said.
Anne Arundel County
In northern Anne Arundel County, a Baltimore County man was killed when he apparently walked into traffic on the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695) just west of Route 170, Camp Meade Road.
State police said Albert F. Lowe Jr., 51, of the 8000 block of Eastdale Road in the Eastpoint area of Baltimore County, died after being struck by two cars at 7:25 p.m. Friday.
A state police trooper in the Glen Burnie barracks said yesterday that the incident was still being investigated and that no charges
had been filed against the drivers.
A pedestrian crossing the 8600 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring died after being hit by a van shortly after midnight yesterday. Montgomery County police reported that the van did not stop but later was found abandoned in Washington.
No further details were made available by police.