Retired Navy captain injured in collision becomes fifth fatality of Aug. 8 accident

August 20, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A retired Navy captain who suffered multiple internal injuries in an Aug. 8 accident in south Anne Arundel County after a Naval Academy reunion died Tuesday afternoon at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly. He was the fifth person to die in the accident.

James P. Keane, 69, of Arlington, Va., died at 12: 10 p.m. Tuesday. His wife, Margaret, also 69, died at the scene of the accident.

The Keanes were with another couple in a Pontiac Bonneville heading home to Virginia after visiting the academy when their car, southbound on Solomons Island Road, crossed the center line and struck a minivan head-on just after 3: 30 p.m.

Retired Navy Capt. Toxey H. Califf, 69, of Alexandria, Va., who was driving the Pontiac, suffered head injuries and was in stable condition yesterday at Prince George's Hospital Center. His wife, Martha, 68, died at the scene.

Robert Wells, 65, of Lothian, the driver of the minivan, died Aug. 13 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His wife, Shirley, 59, also was killed in the accident.

Officer Deberah Mabe, police spokeswoman, said officers are investigating whether Toxey Califf could have had a "medical condition" that day.

"Could he have maybe suffered a stroke that made him cross over that line?" Mabe asked.

Police arrested two teen-agers and a 20-year-old on charges of underage possession of alcohol after Cape St. Clare residents tipped them off to youths drinking on their community beach early Tuesday.

David Neil Braden, 19, and Matthew Joseph DelConte, 20, both of the 300 block of Hilltop Road in Annapolis, and Jeremy Edward Bruno, 19, of the 100 block of Edelmar Drive in Annapolis were arrested about 12: 20 a.m. on the beach near Cape St. Clare and Round Bay Roads, police said.

When officers answering the complaint approached, Braden and Bruno produced identification, but DelConte said he did not have any identification or proof of his age, police said. They said he also told them his name was DelConner but later acknowledged he had lied.

DelConte also was charged with failure to provide proof of age and making a false statement to a police officer, police said.

Driver killed in accident identified as Annapolis man

A driver who died Monday afternoon after turning into the wrong lane and hitting another car head-on in Cape St. Clare has been identified as Thomas James Hollywood Jr., 46, of the 400 block of Master Derby Court in Annapolis, police said.

Hollywood was in a 1991 Plymouth Voyager attempting to turn into the westbound lane of College Parkway from a restaurant near Old Cape St. Clare Road about 1: 10 p.m.

He entered the eastbound lane instead and hit a 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Walter Herman Garner, 78, police said. Hollywood died shortly afterward at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Garner's wife, Marian Ruth Garner, also 78, was a passenger in his car.

The Garners, of the 1600 block of Cananaro Drive in Annapolis, were flown by MedEvac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Walter Garner was listed in critical condition yesterday with chest and neck injuries. His wife was in serious condition.

Pub Date: 8/20/98

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