Alcohol called a likely factor in fatal wreck Brother and sister die in Eldersburg collision

December 25, 1996|By Richard Irwin and Mike Farabaugh | Richard Irwin and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor in a head-on collision Monday evening near Eldersburg that killed a Reisterstown woman and her brother, state police at the Westminster Barracks said yesterday.

Police said Zelia A. Eckhart, 63, of the 200 block of Bond Ave. was driving a 1985 Toyota Camry west on Liberty Road about 6: 15 p.m. when an eastbound 1994 Ford F-150 pickup crossed the center line and crashed into the Toyota on the Liberty Dam bridge.

Witnesses told police the truck swerved from lane to lane shortly before the crash.

Police said firefighters needed more than 30 minutes to separate the vehicles and free Eckhart and her brother, Earl J. Landry, police said. Eckhart and Landry, 67, who had lived in Livingston, Mont., before moving in with his sister about two months ago, died at the scene, police said.

The driver of the truck, Ronald H. Fajkowski, 37, of the 3000 block of Mount Carmel Road in Upperco was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated for minor injuries and released into custody, police said.

Police said Fajkowski was charged yesterday with two counts of manslaughter by motor vehicle. He was awaiting a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner last night.

Police said charges of driving while intoxicated could be filed, pending the results of a blood test taken at the hospital.

Pub Date: 12/25/96

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