Motorcycle crash kills passenger in Wicomico County


The driver of a motorcycle was seriously injured and his passenger killed in Wicomico County yesterday when the bike hit loose gravel, toppled over and threw both helmetless riders to the ground.

The passenger, Richard D. Bounds, 21, of Fruitland, was amonthree people who died in accidents on state roadways yesterday.

State police said Jerry Ronald Hill, 22, of Fruitland, was heading south on Camden Avenue at 12:30 a.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle on gravel. He was in serious condition last night at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury.

Police said alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.

Lawrence J. Young, 36, of St. Inigoes, was killed in an accident in California, St. Mary's County. Mr. Young was driving north on Route 235 when his 1976 Granada drifted off the right shoulder just south of Route 4, rolled over and hit a tree at a high rate of speed, police said.

Mr. Young, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and died on impact, police said.

In Prince George's County, another driver lost control of his vehicle and died after hitting a tree.

The victim, whom police would not identify because relatives had not been notified, was driving south on Suitland Road in a 1988 Chevrolet when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree about 6 a.m. near the intersection of Meadowview Drive.

In another accident yesterday, two people were critically injured when a car swerved across the median of Interstate 95 in Harford County and collided with another car.

Police said Harriett Brown, 64, of Springfield, Pa., was driving south near Joppa Road about 9 a.m. in a 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the grassy median. It crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1984 Chrysler Lebaron driven by John Pichurco, 61, of Alexandria, Va., which then struck another vehicle.

Ms. Brown and Mr. Pichurco were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore and were listed in critical condition last night, a spokesman said.

The driver of the vehicle struck by Mr. Pichurco's car was not seriously injured.

Police also reported finding a 64-year-old Owings Mills man dead -- apparently of natural causes -- in his car, which was parked on the shoulder of the Beltway's inner loop at Washington Boulevard about 5 p.m. yesterday.

The body of Sidney Rudick was found when an officer stopped to investigate what appeared to be a disabled vehicle.

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