Hampstead woman killed in hit-and-run In separate crash, two die in Charles

September 12, 1993

A 27-year-old Hampstead woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver late Friday, and two people were killed in Charles County early yesterday in a fiery, head-on collision after one driver had been chased at high speed by police.

In Carroll County, a neighbor was a suspect in the death of Deborah Jean Hartman of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road, Hampstead, said state police.

Ms. Hartman was struck and killed Friday night as she walked along a two-lane country road northeast of Hampstead, police said.

The victim was walking north along the right side of Fairmount Road near Utz Road about 8 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle that drove off, police said. Ms. Hartman was dead on arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police alerted by witnesses sought a red vehicle, and Trooper J. W. Long found a red 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck with front-end damage in nearby Rockbrook Trailer Park.

Police said charges were pending against a woman who lives within a block of the victim.

State police at Waldorf said that they were continuing to investigate the early morning crash in Charles County that took two lives following a police chase.

Around 12:15 a.m. yesterday, Trooper Eric S. Durham saw a 1987 Ford pickup moving erratically north on Route 5, south of Route 205. He turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop the pickup, police said.

But, police said, the driver increased speed, turned north on Route 205, then east on Route 382. The pickup reached speeds of 70 to 80 mph on a stretch of road with a 40-mph speed limit, police said.

As the pickup approached St. Peter's Church Road, it crossed the center line and struck a 1986 Nissan pickup. The Ford burst into flames. Efforts to free its trapped driver by police and members of the Waldorf rescue squad failed. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the Nissan's driver as Eric T. Christenson, 29, of Waldorf.

The driver of the Ford remained unidentified last night.

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