One man dies, another injured in separate Arundel crashes

David Rohon Sims of Edgewater killed near Route 214

April 16, 2011|Jill Rosen and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County Police are investigating two serious accidents, including one that claimed the life of a 39-year-old man Saturday near Route 214 in Edgewater, south of Annapolis.

Police said David Rohon Sims of Edgewater was driving a BMW west on East Central Avenue near Holly Road shortly before 1 p.m., when he crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Witnesses told police Sims lost control of the car, slid across the road and was struck on the passenger side by a Ford pick-up truck, driven by Harry Luther Burkett Jr., 31, of Edgewater. Burkett received minor injuries.

Sims was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed, driver error and poor weather are factors in the crash, but alcohol was not involved, police said. The accident remains under investigation.

Early Saturday morning, a West River man was critically injured in an head-on collision near Tracys Landing, police said.

A Honda Civic collided with a Chevrolet Traverse at about 1 a.m. in the intersection of Bay Front Road East and Solomons Island Road, police said.

The Honda, driven by Adam Harman, 37, was traveling eastbound while the Chevrolet driven by Marc Blumenfield, 63, of Laurel, was heading west. For unknown reasons, Harman, drifted from the eastbound lane into the westbound one, approaching Blumenfield head-on, police said.

Blumenfield swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid the other car, but Harman also swerved back, and the cars collided, police said.

Harman was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he is listed in critical condition.

Blumenfield and his passenger, Bill Garrup, 73 of Washington, D.C., sustained minor injuries.

Alcohol, but not speed, is believed to be a factor in that crash, police said.

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