Morning fog is blamed in accidents around state 2 drivers killed, 1 seriously injured

October 17, 1993

Thick fog yesterday morning was a factor in several accidents around Maryland, including a crash in which a Montgomery County man was killed, a fatality in Baltimore County and an accident that seriously injured a driver in Carroll County.

David Caulton, 33, of the 18000 block of Cottage Garden Drive, Germantown, was driving a 1992 Saturn south on Great Seneca Highway about 7:50 a.m. when the accident occurred, Montgomery County police said.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Caulton apparently did not see a red light at Longdraft Road and hit a 1988 Ford Mustang driven by Donald Jason Springer, 16, of the 800 block of Pheasant Run Drive, Gaithersburg.

Police said that Mr. Caulton suffered massive injuries despite wearing a seat belt and having an air bag. He was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Springer youth was taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Police said no charges will be filed in the accident.

Thick fog apparently caused an 8:30 a.m. accident on Route 97 near Old Liberty Road north of Sykesville.

State police said Teresa Lynn Dell, 29, of the 3900 block of Hanover Pike, Manchester, was driving a 1992 Oldsmobile south on Route 97 when she missed the end of the road.

Ms. Dell drove into a construction site near Old Liberty Road and struck a large construction bucket. The nature of Ms. Dell's injuries was not available, but police said that she was taken to Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, where she was listed in serious condition.

In the Baltimore County accident, a 22-year-old man was killed after he missed a turn apparently because of fog and crashed his car into a pumping station in Dundalk, police said. Excessive speed caused the accident, police said.

The accident occurred about 4 a.m. when a car driven by R. Wayne Jenkins jumped a curb and hit the Bear Creek pumping station at the end of Lynch Road.

Mr. Jenkins of the 1900 block of Frames Road was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said that he might have missed the turn because of thick fog but that he was driving too fast.

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