Four killed, six hospitalized following Halloween weekend wrecks

E.B. Furgurson III
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Police reported speed and alcohol are believed to be significant factors.

Anne Arundel County police continued to investigate a three-car crash in Glen Burnie that killed two drivers and sent six others to area hospitals Halloween night.

And in Calvert County a woman was charged with driving under the influence Saturday afternoon after her car hit and killed a man and a woman riding a tandem bicycle near Chesapeake Beach.

The three-car crash, which police believe involved alcohol and excess speed, happened at 10:30 p.m. on Solley Road near Chestnut Springs Lane.

Initial reports indicate a car traveling southbound on Solley Road passed over the center line on a curve in the road, then hit an oncoming northbound car head-on. The first car flipped onto its roof and slid about 100 yards down the roadway, police said.

A third car traveling behind the second car was sideswiped by the first car and ran into the second car, police said. Those two cars were found near the original impact area. The third car had run into a tree, and the second car, its front end demolished, came to rest in the roadway with only its back end off the road.

The drivers of the first two cars were pronounced dead at the scene. Passengers in those cars were rushed to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Occupants of the third car suffered less serious injuries and one was taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, officials said.

Police officers said they noticed the odor of alcohol around the wreckage of the first two cars, but will not be able to determine a direct impact of alcohol until after autopsies by the medical examiner are completed.

The two fatalities were Donna Thayer-Fitzgerald, 47, of Long Cove Road in Glen Burnie, the driver of the first car, a 2005 Nissan Maxima; and Joshua Pack, 18, of 225th Street in Pasadena, in the second car, a 2003 Nissan Maxima.

The injured included Steven Fitzgerald, 50, a passenger in the first car, who suffered serious injuries and was taken to shock trauma where he was upgraded from serious to fair condition Sunday night.

Four passengers in Pack's car were also taken to shock trauma, three with serious injuries and one with life-threatening injuries. Nicholas Quigley, 17, of Pasadena, a back-seat passenger, was listed in critical condition Sunday night; front-seat passenger Ryan Caines, 18, of Pasadena, and back-seat passenger Dylan Dovel, 19, of Arnold, were treated and discharged; and Christopher Dumsha, 19, of Pasadena, was listed in good condition early Sunday was discharged later in the day, hospital officials reported.

The three occupants of the third car, a 2010 Ford Focus, had minor injuries. Driver Alexandra Thompson, 21, of Glen Burnie was treated and released at BWMC, a hospital spokesman said. Two passengers in that car apparently refused medical service, said Capt. Russ Davies, a county Fire Department spokesman.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day Saturday in Calvert County, two Montgomery County residents pedaling a tandem bicycle were struck and killed on Tobacco Road outside Chesapeake Beach.

Police were called just before 3 p.m. to the accident scene and found the two bicyclists had been thrown from their bike. One, Lynne Rosenbusch, 58, of Clarksburg,  was pronounced dead at the scene. Her companion, John Fauerby, 64, also of Clarksburg, succumbed to his injuries at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Preliminary investigation indicated the two were riding their bike north on Tobacco Road when a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Catherine Lyon, 62, of Huntingtown hit them from behind.
Police determined that Lyon was under the influence of alcohol at the time and she was arrested and charged with nine traffic violations and criminal charges, including driving under the influence and homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence. She was released on $200,000 bond, according to court records.

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