Children find dead driver in pickup wreck Police believe truck ran off road, crashed 14 hours earlier

August 25, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Children playing along a stream bed just outside Westminster yesterday discovered the wreckage of a pickup truck and its dead driver.

Authorities said they believe the truck crashed about 1 a.m. but went unnoticed for 14 hours.

State police identified the driver as Earl Ray Moore, 32, of the 4300 block of Langdon Drive in Mount Airy, Frederick County.

They said he was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown partly out of the truck.

As police reconstructed the accident, Mr. Moore was driving north along Ridge Road (Route 27) at Bond Street when his truck ran off the left side of the road and down a slight incline, hurtled into a guardrail, became airborne and crashed into a tree.

Several boys playing along the stream about 3 p.m. came upon the truck. They ran to a neighbor, who came to the scene to verify the accident and then called state police.

Barbara Harris, who lives in a farmhouse just south of the intersection, said, "I heard an unusual noise about 1 a.m. and got up to look out of the window. I saw nothing, no lights, nothing."

Linda L. Jones, who lives in a house north of the intersection on Bond Street, said, "I heard a very loud noise, an impact sound and got up to look out the window. I saw nothing and thought maybe someone hit a deer, but I couldn't see anything."

Dr. Richard Jones, associate medical examiner for Carroll County, was called to the scene and officially pronounced the victim dead. He ordered the body taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

State police said the truck traveled in a straight line from the northbound lane of Ridge Road, and there were no skid marks or other signs that the brakes had been applied.

Police said the wreckage was below the road level and partially screened from the highway by trees and bushes.

Investigators said Mr. Moore was single.

They did not know where he had been or where he was going at the time of the accident.

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