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August 05, 1993

ELKRIDGE — Baltimore man killed in crash on I-95

ELKRIDGE -- A 61-year-old Baltimore man died Tuesday night after veering off the right side of Interstate 95 in Elkridge and rear-ending a parked tractor-trailer, state police said.

Mikhel Keymakh, of the 7000 block of Surrey Drive, died instantly when his 1990 Chevrolet Caprice struck the unoccupied GMC tractor-trailer, which was disabled and parked on the right side of the highway, state police said.

Mr. Keymakh, who was southbound on the highway one mile north of Route 100, suffered massive injuries in the 11:45 p.m. accident, said Donald R. Howell, spokesman for the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. Mr. Keymakh was the only occupant of the car.

It was unclear why Mr. Keymakh veered off the road, authorities said. State police planned to conduct an investigation.

An autopsy determined he died from multiple injuries.

Man hit by lightning is in critical condition


BALTIMORE -- The 27-year-old Columbia lifeguard who was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon while driving a Beach Patrol vehicle in Ocean City remained hospitalized yesterday in Baltimore.

Michael M. Perry II was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was flown by state police helicopter, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Beach Patrol sergeant had just helped four swimmers from the surf and was driving back to his post about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when lightning struck him in the head, Ocean City police said.

Moments before, people on the beach were warned of lightning in the area, a Beach Patrol officer said.

Mr. Perry's co-workers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, Ocean City police said.

Mr. Perry was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin and then flown to Shock Trauma.

Hyattsville man hurt in Jessup collision


JESSUP -- A 29-year-old Hyattsville man was seriously injured yesterday afternoon in Jessup when his Lincoln Continental slammed into the rear of a turning tractor-trailer, Howard County police said.

The injured driver, Joseph Neal Harris Jr., was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the accident shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday, police said. He is listed in serious condition at the Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mr. Harris was traveling east on Assateague Drive when he ran into the rear of the tractor-trailer, owned by Mayflower Transit of Indiana, police said. The tractor-trailer had slowed to a stop to make a left turn into the parking lot of Truckers Inn on U.S. Route 1.

The tractor-trailer driver, Jamie Williams, 44, of Alpharetta, Ga., was uninjured, police said.

The collision is under investigation, police said. Charges are pending.

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