4 die in accidents in Howard and Frederick counties

September 29, 1997|By Richard Irwin and Edward Lee | Richard Irwin and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Four people, including a Baltimore County woman and a 14-year-old boy, were killed in three traffic accidents yesterday in Frederick and Howard counties, authorities reported.

About 5 p.m., Jay Mitchell Littlefield, 53, of Vienna, Va., was driving his 1982 Mercury station wagon south on U.S. 270 near Route 80 near Urbana when a northbound 1987 Ford van crossed the median strip and crashed into the station wagon, state police at Frederick said.

Police said Littlefield was killed and his daughter Rachel, 15, was transported to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where her condition was not available.

The driver of the van, Jin Woo, 39, of Frederick was not injured, police said.

About 3: 45 p.m. a driver lost control of his 1989 Freightliner tractor-trailer that was westbound on U.S. 70 near Mount Airy, crossed the median strip and crashed into a 1995 Ford Escort, which then was struck by an eastbound 1997 Toyota Camry, state police said.

The Ford's driver, Debra Ruth Thomas, 44, of the 5600 block of Pembroke Ave. in Woodlawn and Erron Thomas Gordon, 14, her passenger, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An address for the Gordon youth was not available, police said.

Police said the truck driver, Joseph Brown, 47, of East Palatka, Fla., and his wife declined medical treatment. Charges against are pending. .

A married couple in the Toyota, Roy and Dorothy Brimer, both of Reisterstown, were treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released.

In Howard County, a North Laurel woman was killed about 2: 30 a.m. yesterday when she lost control of her Chevrolet Celebrity on a bend in Dorsey Road in Elkridge and hit a telephone county police said.

Police identified the woman as Norma Jean Breece, 42, of the first block of Francis Street in North Laurel. She was pronounced dead at the scene with head and chest injuries, police said.

Officer Donald Wyatt, who is handling the investigation, said speed contributed to the crash. "But I think there would be a good chance that she'd be alive today if she wore her seat belt," Wyatt said.

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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