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November 25, 1991
Based on information from Baltimore County police, The Evening Sun reported Nov. 14 that Kimberly Jo Spacek, 15, who was killed in an automobile accident near Chesapeake High School, was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. However, after further investigation, police determined that the victim was wearing a seat belt and that she was helped from the car before receiving further treatment.
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By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
Michele Lorenz, a 42-year-old Columbia woman, died in a car accident in Columbia on Monday night after her truck collided with a tree, according to Howard County police. Police responded to the 5600 block of High Tor Hill about 9:30 p.m. for a report that a truck had crashed, police said. Police said based on an initial investigation, they believe the woman was alone, driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota south on the road when the truck left the roadway and struck the tree. Police believe speed and failure to drive within a single lane contributed to the crash.
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NEWS
August 12, 1992
County Social Services Director Samuel W. Marshall was injured and his cousin killed in a car crash in Utah early Sunday morning, Utah state police reported.Mr. Marshall and Carl Dodson of Beltsville were traveling west on Interstate 70 at 6:53 a.m. when their car crossed the median into the eastbound lane and rolled down an embankment, police said.Mr. Dodson, 50, was thrown from the passenger side of the car and killed, police said. He was not wearing a seat belt.Mr. Marshall was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | April 24, 2008
Andrew Ray Sturgil and Stephanie Ann Dorsey met just weeks ago. Sturgil, a 31-year-old native of Kentucky, was in Maryland to see his young daughter. He met Dorsey, 24, through acquaintances renting the upstairs of the Glen Burnie home where Dorsey had been staying, according to a family friend. Soon after the couple met, they began dating, the friend said. "She was just real carefree, just always happy, always having a good time," said Amanda Guy, the family friend who also lives in the home on Ferndale Road.
NEWS
November 16, 1993
An article yesterday on a fatal crash Sunday in Owings Mills included information from police indicating that Ilene Kahn was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident that killed her and her nearly 4-month-old son, Ian. Mrs. Kahn's husband, Michael, says that he removed his wife's seat belt immediately after the accident, before police arrived.Also, two family members were not listed among Mrs. Kahn's survivors. They are her stepchildren, Lori Kahn, 26, of Baltimore, and Kris Kahn, 21, of Reisterstown.
NEWS
November 24, 1994
An Arnold man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his car crashed into a tree in the 1800 block of Ritchie Highway, county police said.Arthur Donald Ford Jr., 30, was pronounced dead at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after the 3 p.m. crash.He was southbound in his 1989 Lincoln when his car veered off the road, struck a guard rail and crashed head-on into the tree, police said.Mr. Ford was not wearing a seat belt. Police are investigating the accident.
NEWS
October 2, 1990
A 27-year-old Baltimore man was critically injured last night when a van jumped the center island on West Northern Parkway near the Jones Falls Expressway and hit the man's car head-on.A witness told Baltimore traffic investigators that the van, traveling west on Northern Parkway, hit a dip in the road about 8:50 p.m., jumped a grassy median 18 feet wide and hit an eastbound car head-on near Rogers Avenue.David J. Bojanowski of the 2900 block of Whitney Avenue was transported by Medevac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition.
NEWS
March 24, 1995
One person was killed and three others injured last night when the driver of a Jeep crossed the dividing line on Defense Highway in Crofton and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.Pronounced dead at the scene after being partially ejected from the Jeep was Thomas Morris Marcellino Jr., 29, of the 2900 block of November Court, Bowie.Anne Arundel County police said Mr. Marcellino was driving a 1989 Jeep Cherokee southbound near Davidsonville Road about p.m. when for an unknown reason he crossed the center line and crashed into a northbound 1988 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Donna C. Youmans, 36, of the 500 block of James Ave., Dunkirk.
NEWS
December 22, 1993
It seems so elemental it shouldn't bear a reminder: People cannot fly.Motorists who are thrown from a vehicle in a crash are four times more likely to be killed than if they had remained within the car. Fortunately, millions of people have taken that fact to heart as seat belt use in the country has swelled -- especially in Maryland, which last year led the continental United States in seat-belt compliance.But folks who need a refresher on the importance of seat belts, shoulder harnesses or child safety seats should look no farther than the recent headline news involving two athletes.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
Five people died and a man was seriously injured in car accidents on county highways last week, a number that has state and local police cautioning residents to be careful during their holiday travel next weekend.Police warn that they will be increasing the number of officers on the road to look for drunken drivers and speeders Labor Day weekend."We strongly urge people to be more cautious," said Sgt. Laura Lu Herman, a spokeswoman for the state police. "Holidays are associated with parties and family gatherings, and sometimes there's alcohol.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | July 14, 2007
Five teenage boys were hospitalized yesterday after their car went off the road and crashed into a tree in Ellicott City, authorities said. Howard County police said 16-year-old Nikolaus Herstein may have been driving the 2004 Acura RSX at a high rate of speed. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the single-vehicle accident, which occurred on Gray Rock Drive near Mellor Valley Court about 12:18 a.m., police said. Two of the three passengers in the back seat were thrown from the car, police said.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 11, 2004
WASHINGTON - Bucking a five-year trend of increased fatalities on U.S. roads, the number of people killed in car crashes dipped in 2003, the federal government reported yesterday. Nationwide in 2003, road accidents caused 42,643 deaths - 362 fewer than 2002 - and 2.89 million injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officials called America's roads and highways "safer than ever" and said that the nationwide rate of fatalities was the lowest ever recorded - 1.48 deaths per 100 million miles driven, the first time the rate had dropped below 1.5. Americans drove an estimated 2.88 trillion miles last year, up from 2.86 trillion in 2002.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2002
A detached truck wheel contributed to a fatal accident early yesterday on U.S. 50 near Interstate 97 when a driver swerved to avoid it and was thrown from his vehicle, Maryland State Police said. Hours later, an Edgewater man was killed while trying to cross the same stretch of road, police said. The second accident slowed the morning commute as all three westbound lanes of U.S. 50 were closed for about 90 minutes, police said. Just after 1 a.m., the wheel and tire flew off a tractor-trailer heading west on U.S. 50 and bounced across the median into eastbound traffic, said Sgt. Gary Klos.
SPORTS
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2000
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, a nine-time Pro Bowl pick and a former NFL Man of the Year who was paralyzed in an auto accident on Jan. 23, died yesterday in a Miami hospital. Thomas was being transferred from his hospital bed to a wheelchair on his way to therapy yesterday when he uttered something to his mother before his eyes rolled back and he died, according to Dr. Frank Eismont, a neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Doctors could not specify the exact cause of death and may perform an autopsy, although one of his physicians, Barth Green, said a massive blood clot that entered the lungs probably killed the player.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 15, 1999
The Mount Hebron community has rallied in support of three-sport athlete Brian Drnec, paralyzed from the mid-chest down after a Dec. 9 automobile accident."
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1999
The Mount Hebron community has rallied in support of three-sport athlete Brian Drnec, paralyzed from the mid-chest down after a Dec. 9 automobile accident."
NEWS
January 2, 1999
Maryland State Police are investigating a single-car accident that claimed the life of a Taneytown man on Thursday.David Allen Ruppert, 42, of Walnut Grove Road was driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup south in the left lane of Route 140 near Green Mill Road in Finksburg when the truck went into the right lane, hit a traffic sign and struck the guardrail shortly before 7 p.m.Police said Ruppert, who was alone, was thrown from the truck. Police said they did not know whether he was wearing a seat belt.
NEWS
By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1999
A 2 1/2-hour police operation, combining traffic and drug enforcement, led to four arrests Friday and prompted numerous phone calls from concerned residents, the media and a congressman, state police said.State police staked out a portion of Route 26 in South Carroll, west of the Liberty Reservoir bridges. Drivers were observed and stopped for traffic violations, such as not wearing seat belts. Police have done similar operations on Route 140 in Finksburg and Westminster.Police received calls about the operation from citizens, media and the office of Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican.
NEWS
January 2, 1999
Maryland State Police are investigating a single-car accident that claimed the life of a Taneytown man on Thursday.David Allen Ruppert, 42, of Walnut Grove Road was driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup south in the left lane of Route 140 near Green Mill Road in Finksburg when the truck went into the right lane, hit a traffic sign and struck the guardrail shortly before 7 p.m.Police said Ruppert, who was alone, was thrown from the truck. Police said they did not know whether he was wearing a seat belt.
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