Father and son killed when truck rear-ends their SUV

September 01, 2007|By Rona Kobell

A father and son were killed yesterday afternoon on the Eastern Shore after a dump truck rear-ended their vehicle, state police said yesterday.

The accident in Queen Anne's County, near the Talbot County border, happened about 1:40 p.m. on eastbound Route 404, a partially divided highway that has long been considered one of the Shore's most dangerous roads.

The truck was traveling east in Queen Anne's near Pinder Road when the driver failed to stop at a traffic backup, hitting several stopped cars, said State Police Cpl. Art Lohman. The truck was carrying about 45,000 pounds of material, including a roll-off Dumpster filled with scrap metal.

David Destino, 53, of Ellicott City was driving the first car to be hit, a 2003 Ford Explorer. His wife, Mary Destino, was in the front seat, and their son, Michael, was in the back seat. The impact pushed the rear of the vehicle into the front seat, killing Michael Destino, 13, instantly, according to police.

David Destino was taken to Easton Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Mary Destino, 50, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and remained in critical condition last night.

The Destinos' SUV then struck a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Timothy Baier, 35, of Baltimore. Baier and his wife, Erin Fridel, and their 1-year-old son suffered minor injuries. Their car in turn struck a Range Rover, whose driver was not injured.

The driver of the truck, Howard L. Johnson Jr., 50, of Denton, was not injured. He works for the Denton recycling company Schultz and Sons, Lohman said.

Police said several motorists called 911 before the accident to report that the truck was driving erratically. The accident is under investigation.

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