Prince George's Co. driver dies following another car into river A passenger in each auto slightly injured in bizarre accident near restaurant

November 30, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A woman died early yesterday after a bizarre automobile accident in which she drove off a sea wall and plunged into a Charles County river while tailgating a station wagon that went into the water first.

Lorraine Rose Kibler, 50, of Fort Washington, Prince George's County, was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center. Police said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine whether her death was caused by drowning or injuries from the crash.

Police said Kibler's 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme overturned in the water. They said Kibler was closely following a 1982 Toyota Cressida station wagon on the parking lot at the Harbor Restaurant and Port Tobacco Marina on Shirley Boulevard when the accident occurred about 12: 50 a.m. at the edge of the Port Tobacco River.

Sgt. Chris Becker of the Charles County Sheriff's Department dived into the river to rescue the people trapped in the vehicles. Each car had one passenger; both had minor injuries, authorities said.

The people involved apparently knew each other, police said, and had been drinking.

Police said the Toyota was speeding in the parking lot and the driver, Andrew Ross Joyce, 32, of Pomfret, could not make a turn to avoid going over a curb and into the river.

Joyce, who was unhurt and ran to the restaurant for help, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license and negligent driving.

Pub Date: 11/30/97

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