Woman, 33, is killed in crash Car hit 3 pickups near Eldersburg

August 27, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 33-year-old Littlestown woman was killed on Route 97 near Eldersburg early yesterday when her car sideswiped two pickup trucks and slammed head-on into a third.

Julia Ann Miller, of the first block of Queen St., was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Richard Jones, associate medical examiner for Carroll County.

State police said Ms. Miller had driven a male friend to Eldersburg and was returning to her home, driving north on Route 97 between Route 26 and Bartholow Road, about 6:15 a.m.

Tfc. James A. Hockett said the 1977 Chevrolet Concours driven by Ms. Miller first drifted across the center line, then sideswiped a 1992 Ford pickup operated by Harold A. Clark, 32, of Cullen, Va.

Mr. Clark was not injured.

Ms. Miller's car then sideswiped a 1984 GMC pickup truck driven by Leroy Harry Nicholson, 35, of Littlestown, Pa.

After that, it crashed head-on into a 1985 GMC pickup driven by Eric Eugene Mooney, 18, of Westminster.

Mr. Nicholson and Mr. Mooney were taken to Carroll County General Hospital and released after treatment.

Trooper Hockett said that Ms. Miller's friend came to the scene and said Ms. Miller had complained of severe headaches for the past two weeks.

Her body was sent to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Police closed Route 97 until 9:30 a.m., while state highway crews spread sand to absorb the spilled fuels and then removed it. The procedure was repeated several times.

Rush-hour traffic was detoured around the scene by state police and members of the volunteer fire-police.

Yesterday's accident was the third fatal crash and Ms. Miller was the fourth fatality in Carroll County this week. It was the 13th motor vehicle death this year, compared with 17 at this time last year.

Police said Ms. Miller was not wearing a seat belt.

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