Motorist is killed in crash

May 21, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A 71-year-old man was killed yesterday afternoon when a trailer hitch crashed through the windshield of his car on Interstate 95 in Howard County, causing him to veer into the opposite lane and collide head-on with another car, state police said.

Police were asking for help from motorists who may have seen the accident at 3:30 p.m. in Savage, since it is unclear whether the trailer hitch was purposely thrown at the car or fell off a moving vehicle on the Vollmerhausen Road overpass.

Richard Arthur Bauer, 71, of the 9500 block of Potomac Drive in Fort Washington, Prince George's County was pronounced dead arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Mr. Bauer was southbound on I-95, near Route 32, when the object came through the windshield and hit him, police said. His black Buick crossed the median, entered the packed northbound lanes and crashed head on with a red Nissan driven by Janice Elaine Owens, 39, of the 2800 block of McComas Ave. in Kensington, Montgomery County, police said.

Ms. Owens was taken by MedEvac helicopter to Shock Trauma, where her condition was listed last night as critical. A third motorist, whose car was sideswiped by Ms. Owens' vehicle, was not injured, police said.

Police have been unable to determine how the trailer hitch -- which weighed several pounds and was shaped like a horseshoe -- could have hit the moving car. Mr. Bauer was struck by the object, but did not appear to have been severely injured by it, police said.

His fatal injuries came from the head-on crash, they said.

"What we need are some witnesses," said Trooper Leroy Pruitt of the state police Waterloo barracks.

L He asked anyone with information to call police at 799-2101.

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