Wrecks put death toll at 13 in '93 4 die in 3 crashes during past 8 days

August 30, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Three traffic accidents that claimed four lives in the past eight days increased to 13 the number of people killed on Carroll County roads this year.

That compares with 16 deaths as of Aug. 27 last year, according to Maryland State Police at the Westminster barracks.

In four of the nine 1993 fatal accidents, alcohol was a contributing factor or cause, police said. Eight of the 13 victims were younger than age 25.

Speed, weather and falling asleep while driving were factors in other fatal crashes.

The most recent fatality was Julia Ann Miller, 33, of Littlestown, Pa., whose vehicle struck three pickup trucks on Route 97 about one mile south of Bartholow Road at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday. Two of the other drivers in the crash suffered minor injuries.

On Tuesday, Earl Ray Moore, 32, of Mount Airy died when the pickup truck he was driving ran off Route 27 at Bond Street, just south of Westminster, and struck a tree about 1 a.m. The wreckage was not discovered until about 14 hours later, when several boys playing in a stream saw the truck and the body.

Two men from the Taneytown area were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Trevanion Road near Big Pipe Creek about 9:45 p.m. Aug. 22. State police said speed, alcohol and driver error contributed to the accident.

Thomas Alan Wiles, 23, and Wayne Eugene Harley Jr., 22, died when the GMC pickup truck in which they were riding was struck from behind and spun off the highway and into trees.

The first fatality of 1993 occurred Jan. 23, when a car driven by a 37-year-old man collided with another vehicle on Route 140 at Pleasant Valley Road at 1:42 a.m.

A crash on Route 26 at the bridge over Liberty Reservoir took the lives of three teen-agers June 6.

The three 15-year-old students, two boys and a girl, were among eight passengers in a Toyota Corolla noticed by state police traveling at high speed on Liberty Road immediately before the accident.

The 16-year-old driver, a relative of one of those killed, was charged as a juvenile with three counts of homicide by automobile.

Two teen-agers were fatally injured in a collision of two vehicles on Cherry Tree Lane near Poole Road on Aug. 7. The victims were a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, and speed was given as a contributing factor in the crash.

On March 4, a 24-year-old Westminster woman was killed when she lost control of her car in a rainstorm on Route 140 at Route 31. Her car collided with another, traveling in the opposite direction, and then careened into a field. The driver was thrown out as the car caught fire and burned.

Another woman died March 29 in a single-car crash when she fell asleep and her vehicle struck a tree on a lawn on Route 496 near Ebbvale Road. The 31-year-old Westminster driver was conscious while rescuers cut the top off the vehicle to remove her, but she died on the way to the hospital, police said.

On July 1, a 58-year-old man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 32 near Copper Road.

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