Police found a substance they believe to be marijuana in a pickup truck involved in a deadly three-vehicle accident Monday.
David P. Daggett, an assistant state's attorney and member of the State Police Crash Team, said yesterday that investigators must wait three to six weeks for results of toxicology tests performed on the driver of the pickup, Jeffrey Quante IV, 26, of Westminster.
Quante was taken by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where his condition last night had been upgraded to serious, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Quante's pickup was eastbound and crossed the center line of Route 140 near Tyrone Road in Carroll County and struck a Dodge van head-on, police said.
A Mercury Sable traveling behind the van swerved to avoid the accident but struck the pickup truck, police said. The driver was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.
The van driver, Richard Robinson, 28, of Randallstown, died at the scene, about four miles east of Taneytown.
His wife, Mary Robinson, 27, was seated in the front passenger seat and suffered a severe leg injury. She remains in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.
Mr. Robinson's 46-year-old mother, Diane, also of Randallstown, was in serious condition at the trauma center, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.
Bradley Robinson, 2, was in good condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said yesterday. Zachary Robinson, 1, was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released, a spokeswoman said.
Pub Date: 4/08/98