9 die in weekend traffic accidents Midshipman, 19, killed in Anne Arundel crash


Nine people were killed in traffic accidents over the weekend, including a 19-year-old Naval Academy midshipman, State Police said.

Anne Arundel County police said Midshipman Jenson Cottam, of Las Vegas, Nev., was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed on Outing Drive near 204th Street in Pasadena when he failed to negotiate a curve about 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The car left the roadway and struck a utility pole and hit a brick wall, police said.

Cottam and his passenger, Suzanne Ryaa, 37, of Germantown, were both thrown from the vehicle, police said. They were flown by State Police Med-Evac helicopter to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where Cottam died at 9:10 a.m. Ryaa was listed in serious condition.

Montgomery County police said a mother and daughter were killed about 9:30 a.m. yesterday when their car was struck in the rear in the southbound lane of Interstate 270 in Rockville.

Dalai Selim Greiss, 53, of Frederick, was driving a 1980 Honda Civic in the center lane when the vehicle had mechanical problems and began to slow down, police said.

Police said a motorist swerved to avoid hitting the car, but a 1987 Mercedes-Benz station wagon driven by Alvin Irving Kay, of Potomac, struck the Honda, causing it to strike a traffic barrier.

Dalai Greiss and her mother, Isis Nakhla Greiss, 76, also of Frederick, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Baltimore County police said William Martin Horak, 25, of the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive in Owings Mills, was killed shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday when the 1982 Datsun he was driving west on Caves Road near Caveswood Lane left the roadway on a curve and crashed into a utility pole.

Horak was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His passenger, Jonathan Arthur Berkowitz, 23, of the 5300 block of Racegate Run in Columbia, was listed today in serious condition at Shock-Trauma.

Police said speed and driver error contributed to the crash.

Montgomery County police reported that John Zungri, 32, of Monrovia, lost control of his 1989 Chevrolet Camaro on Md. 124 north of Exodus Drive about 8 p.m. Saturday and struck a guardrail. Zungri was thrown from the vehicle and died at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Police said speed, alcohol and driver error contributed to the crash.

State Police reported a Baltimore man died yesterday from injuries suffered when the eastbound car he was riding in about 8 a.m. Saturday crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer on U.S. 48 in Washington County.

Richard Michael Downs, 19, of the 3700 block of Greenvale Road, died yesterday afternoon at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, police said.

Police said Downs' sister, Pamela Ann Lanahan, 27, of the 600 block of Sunset Strip in Brooklyn, apparently tried to pass the truck but crashed into it.

The truck driver, Joseph E. Hirn, 54, of Cincinnati, was not injured.

State Police in Somerset County said Marston E. Nelson, 44, of Horsey, Va., was killed shortly before midnight Friday when the seafood truck he was driving southbound on U.S. 13 near Westover ran off the road and overturned on the grass median strip.

Nelson, trapped inside the wreckage, died at the scene, police said. A passenger, Lee Chapman, 21, also of Virginia, was treated for minor injuries at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury.

State Police in Washington County said David Lynn Peters, 41, of Martinsburg, W. Va., was killed Friday evening when he failed to obey a red traffic signal at Md. 66 and Md. 64 in Smithsburg and crashed into the rear of a dump truck.

The ninth fatality was an 18-year-old St. Mary's County man killed last night when he was thrown from a pickup truck on Md. 242 near Avenue.

State Police said the victim, Albert Lawrence Lyon Jr., of Clements, was not wearing a seat belt. He was riding in a truck driven by Troy Kyle Gass, 17, of Coltons Point, about 6:45 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the center line, went out of control and turned over several times, striking a utility pole.

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