A Baltimore County man was killed last night and his sister was injured when the pickup truck he was driving on Erdman Avenue in Baltimore failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a utility pole, city police say.
William R. Moats Jr., 34, of the first block of Clearlake Lane in Tidewater Village near Chase, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
His sister, Patricia Moats, 31, of the first block of Moline Circle in Essex, who was a passenger in the pickup truck, was in stable condition today at Francis Scott Key Medical Center with multiple cuts and bruises.
Officer James Schaekel, of the traffic investigation unit, said William Moats was driving a GMC Sierra pickup north about 6:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of Erdman Ave., near the city line and just west of North Point Road, when he failed to make a curve and ran off the right side of the roadway.
Schaekel said the truck crashed into a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. utility pole and the vehicle's cap flew off and struck two unoccupied parked cars.
Witnesses told police the pickup truck was traveling 55 to 60 mph before it crashed into the pole.
Schaekel said speed too great for the wet road conditions contributed to the crash.
In Cecil County, a Harford County man was killed yesterday when the 1981 Toyota in which he was a passenger crashed into another car on Doctor Jack Road near Port Deposit, State Police at the North East barracks reported.
Police said Charles B. Marcum, 23, of the 200 block of Bloomsbury Road in Havre de Grace, was northbound on Doctor Jack Road about 11:15 a.m. when he lost control of his car on a curve and it began to spin counterclockwise.
The spinning car entered the southbound lane, where it crashed into a 1983 Buick Skylark driven by Stephanie C. Amos Darnell, 35, of the 8100 block of Clydebank Road in Loch Raven Village, police said.
Police said Darnell pulled onto the shoulder and stopped when she saw the Toyota heading toward her.
A passenger in Marcum's car, Robert B. Graves, 29, of the 900 pTC block of Warren St. in Havre de Grace, was killed, police said. Marcum and a second passenger, Lisa Smith, 20, of Forest Hill, were injured and taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, police said.
Marcum and Smith were both listed today in good condition. Smith was to be discharged later today. Darnell also was taken to Harford Memorial, where she was treated and released, hospital officials said.
Police said speed and driver error contributed to the collision.