Three dead, 9 hospitalized in three accidents on U.S. 50

June 11, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter

An article in yesterday's Sun transposed the names of two men involved in a fatal car accident on U.S. 50 near Rabbit Hill Road in Easton. Maryland State Police said Craig Lee Schatz of Delaware was driving a Ford pickup truck that was hit by a Buick Park Avenue driven by Halston Andre Tyler Jennings of Pennsylvania.

Three separate serious accidents over the weekend on U.S. 50 in the Easton area left three people dead and nine others injured - including two Baltimore teenagers, Maryland State Police said.

In the most recent incident, just before noon yesterday, three motorcyclists were thrown from their bikes when they crashed into a Ford Focus station wagon that was attempting to cross eastbound U.S. 50 on Airport Road into the Talbot County Community Center parking lot.

The motorcyclists, who were wearing helmets, all were traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph when they collided with the station wagon, said Trooper Ian C. Rola.

Victor Alexander Moran, 22, of Alexandria, Va., and Michael Nikolau Pittas, 26, of Springfield, Va., were pronounced dead at the scene. Moran was operating a 2006 Suzuki GSXR-1000, and Pittas was operating a 2006 Kawasaki ZX6.

Mary Elizabeth Fink, 26, of Rockville, who was operating a 2005 Suzuki GSXR-600, was flown to Shock Trauma, where she was listed in fair condition, police said.

The driver of the station wagon, Elizabeth Morgan Blumenberg, 81, of Easton, and her passenger, whose name was not released, also were flown to Shock Trauma and were in serious condition, police said.

The previous night, about 9:40 p.m., a 1994 Ford Mustang crossed from eastbound U.S. 50 into the westbound lanes and struck a 2005 Nissan head-on, police said.

The collision near Schwaninger Road sent the teenage driver and a passenger of the Nissan to Shock Trauma. The conditions of Courtney Marie Swisher, 17, of Baltimore and Terrance Johnson, 17, of Baltimore were not available.

A third occupant of the Nissan, Amanda Elizabeth Stickline, 16, of Rosedale was taken to Easton Hospital, as was the driver of the Mustang, Thomas James Skipper, 18, of Trappe, police said.

Four hours earlier Saturday on eastbound U.S. 50, near Rabbit Hill Road, a Buick Park Avenue struck a Ford pickup truck that was pulling two tractors and attempting to make a U-turn onto westbound U.S. 50, police said.

Neither the Buick's driver nor his two passengers were wearing seat belts, Rola said. The driver, Craig Lee Schatz, of Harrington, Del., was speeding, Rola said, and had swerved to avoid something in the road when he lost control of the car.

Front-seat passenger Xavier Gregory of Pennsylvania was killed, police said. His age was not available. Schatz and an unidentified back-seat passenger were flown to Shock Trauma and were in serious condition, police said.

The pickup driver, Halston Andre Tyler Jennings of Coatsville, Pa., was not injured. He was leaving a tractor show at Tuckahoe Steam and Gas at the time of the accident, police said.

All three crashes were under investigation.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

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