Two motorists die on I-97 in separate accidents

August 03, 2004|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police are investigating two fatal accidents along Interstate 97 within hours of one another.

Investigators are trying to discover why an Easton man pulled his 2003 Dodge pickup truck onto the shoulder of Interstate 97 yesterday morning and stepped into the right travel lane about 9:30 a.m.

Ryan Lee Murphy, 28, was struck by a State Highway Administration dump truck and killed.

The truck driver was not charged, police said.

Murphy, who carried no identification, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Tfc. Charles A. Harvey.

The pickup was in good working condition, police said.

Sgt. Jean Mastronardi said investigators were awaiting the results of a medical examiner's report.

State troopers shut down northbound I-97 between U.S. 50 and Route 32 for more than an hour to investigate the incident.

State police are trying to identify a juvenile driver who died Sunday night after her van overturned in the median of I-97 near Route 32 about 11 p.m.

Witnesses reported that the driver of the 1998 Plymouth van was weaving in and out of traffic in the northbound lanes of the highway before she lost control, police said.

She was thrown from the vehicle and taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, said Lt. David E. Price of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

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