Mount Airy motorist, 46, dies after car collides with truck Driver's pickup spins into tractor-trailer

August 04, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Mount Airy man was killed yesterday after the pickup truck he was driving was struck by a car and spun into the path of a tractor-trailer on Route 27 near Taylorsville, state police said.

Gary N. Comfort, 46, of the 100 block of Walden Way went into cardiac arrest after he was thrown from his 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck, state police said. He was taken by state police MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead at 9: 22 a.m., a little more than an hour after the collision on Route 27 at Sams Creek Road.

Comfort was traveling north on Route 27 when his pickup truck was struck on the right rear side by a vehicle heading west on Sams Creek Road, said Trooper Kirk Bandelin of the Westminster barracks. The vehicle, a Monte Carlo, was driven by Doris M. Kolbe, 63, of Mount Airy, who was not injured, Bandelin said.

The impact caused the pickup truck to spin out of control and collide with a southbound tractor-trailer driven by Kenneth George Victory Thomas, 35, of Baltimore, who was not injured, Bandelin said.

The pickup came to a stop on a grassy knoll off the south shoulder of Route 27, he said.

Two passengers in the vehicle driven by Kolbe -- grandsons Ryan A. Warner, 13, and Jeremy A. Hesselbein, 10, both of Westminster -- were not injured, Bandelin said.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

Pub Date: 8/04/98

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