Finksburg man killed in one-car crash

January 26, 1995

An 18-year-old Finksburg man was killed when his car ran off the road and crashed into a tree on Route 140 between Taneytown and Emmitsburg Tuesday afternoon, state police said.

Todd David Lewis Keith of 1900 block of Shetland Road was pronounced dead at the site of the 3:50 p.m. accident by Larry West, an investigator with the state medical examiner's office in Frederick County.

State police said Mr. Keith was driving a 1991 Mazda Protege south on Route 140 near Simmons Road, about a mile west of the Carroll-Frederick line, when he apparently fell asleep. The auto crossed the center line and struck a mailbox and cement culvert before hitting the tree.

Witnesses told Tfc. Al Butler of the Frederick barracks the Mazda was traveling between 45 and 50 mph. The engine was knocked out of the Mazda when it hit the tree and the victim was not removed from his vehicle until it was towed back to the road, police said.

Investigators said there were no skid marks and they believed the driver was killed immediately. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of Ralph Street reported to city police someone threw a large metal wash basin at his auto, shattering the windshield on Monday. He estimated the damage at $175.

A resident of Hillside Court told city police someone broke the passenger side window of his auto while it was parked near his house on Jan. 18 and stole cassettes. He estimated the theft and damage at $259.

FIRE

* Reese: Reese and Westminster were dispatched to investigate the report of a chimney fire in the area of Bethel Road and Baltimore Boulevard at 4:43 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 11 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster and Reese were dispatched to investigate a stove fire in the 600 block of Woodside Drive at 4:38 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 37 minutes.

Westminster responded to a house fire in the first block of Goni Terrace at 3:08 p.m. yesterday. The firefighters discovered a pot of food on the stove had filled the one story dwelling with smoke. No fire was found in the building. Units were out for 37 minutes.

Westminster and Reese responded to investigate the report of a fire alarm sounding in a building on Clifton Boulevard at 1:58 a.m. yesterday. Units were out for 35 minutes.

Westminster responded to investigate the report of a fire on Baltimore Boulevard at 8:39 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

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