Auto accidents across state leave 4 dead

Jogger in Baltimore killed when vehicle mounts sidewalk

December 10, 2000|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

A 50-year-old Southwest Baltimore woman jogging with her husband along Frederick Avenue was killed yesterday by a vehicle that came up on the sidewalk.

The death of Susan Marie Hoelter, 50, of the 500 block of Old Orchard Road, was one of four fatal vehicle accidents scattered across Maryland Friday night and early yesterday, police said.

Police said Hoelter and her husband, Herbert, were jogging west along the north side of the 530 block of Frederick Ave. when a1998 Ford Expedition SUV went onto the sidewalk and hit her. Susan Hoelter was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Agnes Hospital.

Herbert Hoelter was not injured. A woman who answered the phone at the Hoelter residence declined to talk about the accident.

Tyrone Davis, 26, of the 4000 block of Marjeff Place, in Overlea, the driver of the SUV, told police he was changing lanes to make a right turn onto North Bend Road when he lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. After hitting Susan Hoelter, the truck drove through some brush, over a hill and hit a tree before stopping. Davis was not injured.

The accident is being reviewed by the state's attorney's office, Baltimore police spokesman Martin Bartness said.

Two other people died in separate single-vehicle accidents in Harford County and in Salisbury, on the Eastern Shore. Another man died in a two-vehicle collision in Southern Maryland yesterday.

Just north of Salisbury's town boundary, 41-year-old Willie Earl Pride of DelMar, Md., died when his 1992 Ford truck left Dagsboro Road, east of Brown Road, overturned and ejected him into a farm field. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center at 8:57 a.m., Maryland State Police at Salisbury said.

At 2:19 a.m. yesterday in Southern Maryland, a woman driving a 1995 Mazda south on Route 5 near Hughesville in Charles County, tried to change lanes, but clipped a 1986 Chevy Suburban carrying eight members of a Lexington Park family. The Suburban ran off the right side of the road, hit a telephone pole and some bushes and overturned, state police said.

The Suburban driver, Benedict Joseph Greenwell, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife Pamela, 41, and their six children were taken to hospitals in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Kerry Michelle Dempsey, 25, of Charlotte Hall, in St. Mary's County, was driving the Mazda, police said. She was also hospitalized. The Charles County state's attorney is investigating.

The other accident occurred late Friday night in Pylesville, northern Harford County, when a 1997 Saturn ran off Clermont Mill Road, struck an embankment.

According to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Michael Lee Gupton, 17, of the 4800 block of Clermont Mill Road, was fatally injured. He died at 5 a.m. after being taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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