March 19, 2007

Eastern Shore man dies in Anne Arundel crash

An Eastern Shore man died shortly before noon yesterday after he lost control of his car on Interstate 97 near Millersville and crashed into a guardrail, state police reported.

Stephen Landers, 52, of Bishopville was driving a 1992 Pontiac Firebird south in the fast lane of the interstate near Route 32 about 11:10 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed two adjacent lanes and spun around before crashing into a guardrail on the driver's side. No other vehicles were involved, police said.

Police said Landers, the car's lone occupant, had multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said driver error contributed to the accident, which remained under investigation. It was the state's 88th traffic death this year, compared with 94 tallied for the same period in 2006, police said.

Richard Irwin

Anne Arundel

Boy, girl are hurt in apparent road race

A teenage boy and girl were seriously injured yesterday afternoon when the car the boy was driving crashed into a fence and a tree along a road in Pasadena during an apparent speed contest with a pickup truck, Anne Arundel County police said.

The 17-year-old boy was driving a 2007 Toyota Scion south on Edwin Raynor Boulevard near Marble Arch Drive about 12:40 p.m. when he used the right shoulder of the road in an attempt to pass the pickup, police said. Instead, he lost control of the vehicle, and parts of the fence and tree penetrated the windshield - hitting him and a 14-year-old girl riding with him, police added.

Police said the driver of the pickup stopped and remained at the scene, where he was interviewed by police and released.

The boy, a Pasadena resident, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the girl to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Their names were not released.

Police said neither teen was wearing a seat belt and that speed and reckless driving contributed to the crash. Charges were pending.

Richard Irwin

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