7 die on roads, 5 drown in Md. Memorial holiday weekend accidents kill 12 in state.


The four-day Memorial Day weekend was marred by seven traffic deaths and five drownings.

The drowning victims included a 6-year-old Monkton boy who died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was airlifted after he was found in a farm pond not far from his home, and a Baltimore County man training to be a lifeguard at Ocean City.

Baltimore County police said Zachary Lewis, 6, of the 1300 block of Monkton Road, was attending a family picnic at a neighbor's house with his parents when they discovered him missing around 5 p.m.

Cpl. Fred Balk, of the Cockeysville District, said the parents first checked their home for the child.

Not finding the boy there, several adults waded into the nearby pond. After a few minutes, the boy's body was found under the water about 10 feet from the shore.

Several people, including the child's father and Officer Donald Chilcoat, attempted to revive him until an ambulance arrived and transported Zachary to a landing site, where he was placed aboard a State Police Med-Evac helicopter.

Balk said the child was flown to the pediatric intensive care unit at Hopkins, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

In Ocean City, a 22-year-old Baltimore County man drowned in a swimming pool at 112th Street Sunday afternoon while training to be a lifeguard, police said.

Allen Christopher Mrozinski, of the 9000 block of Satyr Hill Road near Cub Hill, was pulled from the bottom of the pool and taken by ambulance to Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

An autopsy was to be held today to determine the cause of death.

Mrozinski, a graduate of Loch Raven High School, studied three years at Essex Community College.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said the body of George Castell, of Falls Church, Va., was pulled from the Potomac River near the Indian Head Naval Station in Charles County yesterday. Police said Castell either fell overboard from his anchored vessel Friday or drowned while swimming alone.

DNR police said the body of Donald P. Harris of Martinsburg, W.Va., was found yesterday in the Potomac near Sharpsburg in Washington County. Police said he had tried to swim to the opposite shore while fishing with a friend Sunday evening.

In Montgomery County, police said Tha Thous, 17, of Takoma Park, drowned while swimming in Lake Need Wood near Rockville Saturday. Police said the body was found by searchers about 3 p.m. Saturday.

State Police said the traffic deaths over the weekend brought to 237 the number of people killed on Maryland roads this year.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday in Howard County, the motorcycle operated by Martin Joseph Novitsky, 25, of Glenwood, left Gorman Road near U.S. 29 and crashed into a tree. He died a short time later at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

In Ocean City, George Chester Dowe, 27, of Dunkirk in Prince George's County, was killed around 3 a.m. yesterday when he lost his balance after getting off a city bus at Third Street and Philadelphia Avenue and fell backward, police said.

Dowe, who reportedly had been drinking, was struck by the bus as it pulled away and died at the scene. Police said the bus driver, Halton Murray, 71, of Selbyville, Del., was unable to avoid hitting Dowe.

Montgomery County police said Kevin Arrowsmith, 17, of Derwood, was killed around 10 p.m. Saturday when the station wagon he was driving left Bowie Mill Road in Olney and crashed into a utility pole.

A Talbot County couple died Saturday when the 1988 Cadillac the woman was driving west on Md. 33 near the Oak Creek Bridge was struck by a 1991 Ford van that had crossed the center line.

Roseann S. Owens, 54, of Whitman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7 p.m. accident, police said. Her husband, John Edward Owens III, 57, died a short time later at at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

The van driver, James Francis Woods II, 32, of Edgewater, was flown to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, where he was listed today in stable condition. Police said traffic charges were pending.

About 12:20 p.m. Saturday in Somerset County, George Stephen Mills, 54, of Delmar was fatally injured when the pickup truck he was driving near Princess Anne was hit and turned over by a car that had crossed the center line.

The weekend's first fatal accident occurred in Caroline County Friday night and claimed the life of Isa Marie Weissert, 17, of Denton, whose car was hit by a truck.

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