5 killed in accidents since Friday

January 17, 1993

A mother and two of her children died in a fiery midday crash in Prince George's County yesterday, raising to five the people vTC killed in Maryland traffic accidents since Friday night. The others were a teen-ager in Anne Arundel County and a pedestrian in Frederick County.

Prince George's County

An Anne Arundel County woman and two of her children were killed when their van erupted into flames after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck on U.S. 50 about 2 1/2 miles east of the Capital Beltway.

State police Sgt. James Downing said the van had stopped behind a disabled vehicle in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50 near Enterprise Road (Route 193) shortly after noon. A westbound tractor-trailer truck crested a hill, tried to stop, but slammed into the van, Sgt. Downing said.

The van caught fire, trapping the three occupants inside. Killed were Darlene Anne Morrison, 38; Justin Morrison, 10; and Andrea Morrison, 8, of Davidsonville.

The fire ignited the cab of the tractor-trailer truck. The driver, Dale Mettenbrink, of Bella Vista, Ark., was pulled to safety by two passers-by, one an officer of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Police, Sergeant Downing said. The truck driver was not injured seriously.

Anne Arundel County

A 13-year-old girl was killed and five people were hospitalized after a car carrying eight Anne Arundel county teen-agers crashed into another car about 11:30 p.m. Friday on Franklin Manor Road in Churchton.

Anne Arundel County police said the teens, 13 to 16 years old, were riding north in a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS when the speeding car veered out of control and hit a Honda Accord traveling southbound.

Melissa McDonald, 13, of Churchton, a front-seat passenger in the Monte Carlo, died about 2:30 a.m. yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Four of the other teen-agers were taken to area hospitals. Their names were not released.

Police said charges were pending against the Monte Carlo's driver, a juvenile whose name was not released.

The driver of the Honda, Peter James Sepielli of Churchton, was in stable condition at Southern Maryland Hospital, police said.

Frederick County

In Frederick early yesterday, a man on foot who was apparently trying to cross Interstate 270 near Route 85 was killed after being struck by a car headed south.

State police said David Joseph Miller, 31, of Frederick, was in the middle of the interstate when he was hit by the car driven by William Kruger, 30, of Laurel.

Mr. Miller crashed through the windshield, police said.

Police said the pedestrian was at fault and no charges were placed.

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