Two motorists, pedestrian are killed in traffic accidents


Traffic accidents yesterday in Baltimore and Western Maryland took two lives, and a third person died as the result of a crash on the Eastern Shore Friday afternoon.

William Louis Toth, 69, of Pittsburgh, was killed yesterday afternoon when the car he was driving hit a guard rail on the National Freeway, overturned and went down on embankment, ejecting him and his son.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, state police at Hagerstown said. His son, William Lee Toth, 28, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

They had been visiting Antietam Battlefield and were traveling home on U.S. 40-48 west of Hancock when Mr. Toth apparently fell asleep, police said.

In Northeast Baltimore about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Imogene Ponzillo, 85, of the 3800 block of Glenmore Avenue, was fatally injured when she stepped in front of a car driven by Pauline Valentini, 75, of the 3700 block of Bayonne Avenue, police said. Ms. Ponzillo died at 2:30 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No charges were placed.

Friday afternoon in Linkwood, south of Cambridge, a pickup truck driven by David Alexander Siler, 20, of Boonsboro, ran off U.S. 50 and overturned four times in a wheat field. Mr. Siler died yesterday morning at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury.

His front-seat passenger, Bobbi Jo Stull of Keedysville, 18, was in stable condition last night at the same hospital with internal injuries and a broken arm.

They and another passenger, who was not seriously injured, were returning from a fishing trip to Ocean City, police said.

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