State police probing two Carroll crashes Officials express concern over '98 road death toll

July 18, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Hoping to prevent more carnage, state police in Westminster pledged yesterday to study the circumstances of two accidents in Carroll County on Thursday in which 11 people were injured.

Alcohol may have been a factor in one of the accidents -- a two-vehicle collision on Route 97 south of Westminster near Nicodemus Road, police said.

Although no one was killed in either crash, police are concerned because the death toll on Carroll County roads and highways -- 18 this year -- is the same number of people killed in all of last year.

Lt. Leonard Armstrong, commander at the Westminster barracks, said specific comments about the accidents would be premature because investigations are continuing.

"We have had troopers on special overtime patrols, and they've been writing a lot of citations for a variety of violations," Armstrong said. "At this point, we'll keep doing the same thing, but, yes, we will look at these incidents to see if there is any need for additional measures."

Two victims were flown by state MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokeswoman said. Three were flown to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and five were taken to Carroll County General Hospital.

The two men at the trauma center were the drivers in a head-on collision on Route 26 near Route 27 in Taylorsville.

Nicholas J. Angelozzi, 19, of Finksburg was listed in serious and stable condition, and Richard W. Perry, 33, of Sykesville was listed in critical and stable condition, a spokeswoman said.

In the first incident, police said a Jeep Cherokee driven by Angelozzi was traveling west on Route 26 near Route 27 at 6: 12 p.m. when it crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Perry.

Passengers in Perry's vehicle included Matthew J. Schneider, 14, of Marriottsville and the driver's three children, Crystal M. Perry, 9, Richard W. Perry Jr., 7, and Amber L. Perry, 4.

In the second accident, on Route 97, police said a Chevrolet van was traveling north at 9: 48 p.m. when it swerved into the southbound lane, striking a Ford Bronco, whose driver tried to avoid the crash.

Police said the driver of the Chevrolet, Michael Owens, 34, of Westminster failed a field sobriety test. Owens was injured in the crash; it is not clear where he was treated.

The driver of the Bronco, Staci Lynn Smith, 25, of Finksburg, was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

Sykesville residents Aric J. Maczis, 23, Mark W. Terry, 30, and Eric Simmons, whose age was not available, were passengers in the Bronco. All were treated at Carroll County General Hospital.

Pub Date: 7/18/98

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