Speed noted in 2-car crash that kills pair, injures man

November 18, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

Excessive speed was a factor in a two-car collision in Edgewater on Tuesday night that claimed the lives of a man and a woman -- both 20 years old -- and injured another man, Anne Arundel County police reported yesterday.

The crash, one of two fatal accidents in the county Tuesday, occurred shortly before 9: 45 p.m. on Muddy Creek Road (Route 468) in Edgewater when a northbound 1996 Honda Civic driven by Catherine Ann George ran out of control and slid sideways into the path of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, police said.

George, of the 900 block of Aqua Court in Cape St. Claire, was declared dead at the scene along with her passenger, Ronald Zseltvay Jr. of the 1300 block of West River Road in Shady Side.

The other driver, Paul Alfredo Schneider Jr., 35, of the 600 block of Deale Road in Deale, was flown by a State Police MedEvac helicopter to the trauma center at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly and was reported in serious condition.

The victim of the other accident was a 48-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Fort Smallwood Road about 5: 35 p.m. Tuesday -- and apparently was intoxicated.

Police said Edgar Allen Fend-lay, of the 1200 block of Rock Hill Road in Pasadena, was declared dead at the scene and suffered massive head injuries.

Fendlay was northbound in the center turn lane of Fort Smallwood Road near Farmview Road -- and, according to a witness, swerving in and out of traffic -- before he was struck from behind by a 1998 Toyota SUV driven by Douglas Scott Fargason, 36, of the 7700 block of Water Oak Point Road, who was in an adjacent through lane, police said.

"At this time, it is believed that [the bicyclist] was legally intoxicated, and alcohol is considered to be a contributing factor in the cause of this accident," police said.

The accident remained under investigation yesterday by the county police traffic division.

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