2 killed in vehicle crashes in Elkridge, Libertytown

September 29, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A Frederick County man and a Howard County woman died in separate car accidents over the weekend that may have involved speeding, police said.

In Howard County, a North Laurel woman was killed yesterday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on a bend in Dorsey Road in Elkridge and hit a telephone pole, 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.

Breece was driving a Chevrolet Celebrity west at a bend in Dorsey Road about 2: 30 a.m. when her car jumped the curb and struck a telephone pole, snapping it at its base. Breece, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car, which overturned on her, 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. "We've had a whole lot of them where if they're belted in, they usually survive."

In Frederick County, a Union Bridge man was killed Saturday evening when the General Motors Corp. van he was driving was struck by a vehicle on Route 26 in Libertytown, state police said.

Robert William Mongold, 39, of the 9500 block of Keys Chapel Road was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he died of head injuries, state police said.

According to state police, Mongold was trying to turn left into Libertytown Shopping Center from the westbound side of Route 26 about 7: 45 p.m. when his van was struck by a Toyota 4Rrunner driven east by Greg Robert Altig, 34, of the 9500 block of Liberty Road in Frederick.

The Forerunner struck the passenger side of the van, causing it to spin into a Chevy S-10 pick-up truck driven by Robert Ruben Wiand, who was leaving the center's parking lot.

Altig, Wiand, 37, and his wife Jenny, 36, of the 12000 block of Main Street in Libertytown, and several passengers in Mongold's van were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released.

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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