Six people killed in auto accidents over the weekend

February 08, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Six people lost their lives in auto accidents over the weekend -- two of them in unrelated hit-and-run incidents in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, police said.

Four of the victims died in accidents early yesterday in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, and the others perished Saturday in a one-car crash in Kent County.

Montgomery County

The latest victim was an unidentified man killed by a hit-and-run driver at 3:45 a.m. yesterday in the 700 block of E. University Blvd. in Silver Spring, according to Montgomery County police.

The victim was walking across the westbound lanes of the boulevard when he was hit. He was found lying in the roadway by a passing county police officer and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they had no clue to the identity of the driver.

In another accident yesterday, a speeding Camaro skidded out of control at 3:30 a.m. on Brink Road in Germantown, hit an embankment and slid back into the roadway, hitting another car head-on.

Kevin Scott Beall, 22, of Gaithersburg, the driver of the second car, was killed on impact.

James Franklin Hockenberry Jr., 21, of Clarksburg, the Camaro driver, was flown by state police helicopter to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where he was listed in fair condition with multiple injuries.

Police said charges were pending.

Prince George's County:

Another pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver in neighboring Prince George's about 2 a.m. yesterday, county police said.

The victim, James Coleman, 41, of Seat Pleasant, was hit while crossing East Capitol Street there. Police were searching for a silver two-door, mid-1980s coupe with front-end damage, which was seen heading toward Washington. Mr. Coleman was dead at the scene.

Also in Prince George's, a 28-year-old man driving alone in a 1992 Ford pickup ran off Frank Tippett Road in Upper Marlboro just before 3 a.m.

County police said the truck flipped, ejecting the driver and killing him. His identity was withheld pending notification of relatives.

Kent County

Earl Eugene Johnson, 42, and Walter David Tate, 53, both of Millington in Kent County, died when a 1984 Chrysler driven by Mr. Johnson ran off Route 291 near the Maryland-Delaware border before 5 p.m. Saturday.

The car slammed head-on into a tree. Both men died at the scene of massive head and chest injuries. Neither wore a seat belt, state police said.

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