Mount Airy man, 53, dies after Carroll County collision

June 18, 2007

A 53-year-old Mount Airy man died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from injuries suffered after the vehicle his wife was driving south on Littlestown Pike in Westminster collided with another vehicle Friday night, said the state police at the Westminster barracks.

Police said Joseph Anthony Welsh Jr., 27, of the 1500 block of E. Mayberry Road in Westminster, was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup north on Littlestown Pike about 10:30 p.m. and was nearing John Owings Road when he crossed the double yellow lines and crashed head-on into a southbound 2005 Toyota Sienna van driven by Bernadette Mary Phillips, 53, of the 2600 block of Leslie Road in Mount Airy.

Police said Phillips and her husband, Robert Michael Phillips, a passenger in the van, were airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Robert Phillips died yesterday. His wife was released after being treated, said a Shock Trauma spokeswoman.

Police said the driver of the pickup was not injured. An investigation of the crash continues.

As of yesterday, 215 people have died on the state's roads this year, compared with 234 at the same time in 2006, said the state police at Pikesville.

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