Fatal Crash in Abingdon Sunday

Firefighters and EMS crew from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company assist state police at Sunday's fatal crash at Route 24 and Singer Road in Abingdon Sunday. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / August 14, 2011)

Rain and thunderstorms hit Harford hard Saturday and Sunday, and police say the weather may have contributed to a fatal car accident in the county Sunday morning.

The storms also led to localized flooding and power outages across the county, particularly in Havre de Grace and Aberdeen.

Abingdon woman killed

Around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a serious car accident with personal injury took place at Singer Road and Route 24 in Abingdon, according to Maryland State Police, who later confirmed at least one person had died.


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Troopers from the Bel Air Barrack responded to the scene as did fire, rescue and EMS personnel from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company.

According to a state police news release, the preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler P.T. Cruiser, driven by Mildred Waltersdorff, of Abingdon, was traveling westbound Singer Road sitting stationary at the traffic signal for Route 24 and Singer Road.

For unknown reasons, Waltersdorff accelerated from her stationary position and continued through the intersection, where she was struck on the driver's side by a 2005 Kia Sorrento, driven by Christopher Damko, of Port Deposit, police said.

Waltersdorff was pronounced dead by medical personnel on scene.

Five other occupants in the Sorrento driven by Damko were transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air with injuries: Chaehyeon Lim Damko, 32, of Port Deposit; Yeijin Choi, 9, of South Korea; Byungjun Gu, 11, of South Korea; Katie Li m Damko, 3, of Port Deposit; and Ryan Lim Damko, 1, of Port Deposit.

All the occupants of the Sorrento have since been treated and released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, according to state police.

The roadway was closed for approximately three hours while troopers State Police investigated the collision.

Flooding in Havre de Grace, Aberdeen

While there were no major accidents, downed trees or flooding in the city early Sunday, there was a sweep of power blackouts in the city, according to Havre de Grace Police.

By Sunday afternoon flooding became a problem in both Havre de Grace and neighboring Aberdeen.

At 12:18 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service issued and immediate flash flood warning for Harford County expected to last until 3:15 p.m. The warning coincided with a flash flood watch expected to extend from 11:58 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday.

By 1 p.m. stream water levels throughout the county had risen, and both Havre de Grace and Aberdeen police reported flooding in both cities.

Police were contemplating closing Otsego Street in Havre de Grace and said the "usual places" near Robinhood Road and Route 40 and other areas near creeks were experiencing high water. Police warned motorists to travel with caution.

Aberdeen police reported general flooding throughout the city.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office also reported some water cresting and reaching roadways, but no road closures as of 1:30 p.m.

By 3 p.m. in Havre de Grace, most of the high water had receded, including along Otsego Street, which was completely passable.

Power outages

According to BGE's outage site, more than 3,350 electricity customers in Harford County had lost power at some point since storm operations began at 2 p.m. Saturday.

As of noon Sunday, however, only about 55 BGE customers remained without power.

Personnel of Harford County Emergency Operations Center said they had not dispatched calls for any other major accidents or downed trees and knew only of the fatal accident state police were handling.

Ripken W.S. games delayed

The storms also threatened to delay and possibly cancel Sunday play at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, which was hampered by rain, thunder and lightning throughout Saturday's opening schedule of games.

The start of the day's games was delayed until 3 p.m., but play was under way and tournament officials were hoping to get in as many of the scheduled contests as possible.