Four Pa. men killed in crash near Parkton

Driver in accident on I-83 had a suspended license

September 20, 2004|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF

Four young men from Pennsylvania on their way home from a bachelor party at Baltimore's Inner Harbor died early yesterday in a one-car accident near Parkton in northern Baltimore County.

The men, two of whom were brothers, were northbound on Interstate 83 about 3:15 a.m., just south of Route 439, when their 2003 Audi left the highway and struck a tree.

The driver's license had been suspended except for occupational use, according to Maryland State Police.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The impact of the crash sliced the car in half, and the front section and the back section were found about 100 feet apart, state police said.

The driver, Vincenzo C. Raineri, 25, of York, and his front-seat passenger, Eric T. Buckingham, 26, also of York, were thrown from the car.

Found in the back seat were Jonathan J. Gantz, 25, and his brother, Matthew J. Gantz, 22, both of New Freedom.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene. It was not known if they were wearing seat belts or if air bags deployed, state police Maj. Greg Shipley said.

The four had traveled to Baltimore for the night for Jonathan Gantz's bachelor party, probably at Power Plant Live!, said his mother, Berit Gantz of New Freedom.

Raineri and Jonathan Gantz had been friends since they attended York Catholic High School, Berit Gantz said.

Raineri was convicted of at least 10 motor vehicle charges in the past three years, including reckless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and exceeding the speed limit by 60 mph, according to Pennsylvania court records.

His relatives declined to comment.

A robotics technician for Osram Sylvania in York, Jonathan Gantz was taking classes at Pennsylvania State University at night to earn an electrical engineering degree, his mother said. He was to be married next month.

Jonathan Gantz was an avid road and mountain biker and he became friends with Buckingham through cycling, Berit Gantz said. Buckingham's family could not be reached for comment.

Matthew Gantz was a senior at Penn State, where he majored in civil engineering, his mother said. He was engaged to marry his high school sweetheart in April.

Matthew Gantz had an internship with the Baltimore engineering firm Rummel, Klepper & Kahl and was planning to spend his last semester, starting in January, studying in England, his mother said.

"They were wonderful boys," Berit Gantz said.

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