Westminster man dead, 3 hurt in crash

March 02, 2009|By Arin Gencer | Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com

A Westminster man was killed and three others hurt in a two-vehicle collision early yesterday, Howard County police said.

Gilberto Garcia Vasques was thrown from a Volkswagen Jetta after the driver, Jose Rosendo Algomeda-Santiago, 20, of Mount Airy lost control of the car on a slick road, police said. The car, which was heading north on Route 32 in Dayton, crossed the double-yellow line about 3:55 a.m. and hit a Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a trailer of hay, police said.

Algomeda-Santiago had been drinking before the crash, police said.

Vasques, who was not wearing a seat belt, was declared dead at the scene. Algomeda-Santiago was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said, and was treated and released. A passenger, Victor Guitierrez-Almeida, 21, of Westminster, remained in critical condition at Shock Trauma, police and a hospital spokeswoman said. Another passenger, Gonzalo Gutierrez-Molina, 25, of Westminster, was treated and released.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

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