Traffic accidents kill six in state Firefighter dies during training exercise on truck.


State Police reported six people, including a veteran Baltimore firefighter who died during a training exercise, were killed in traffic-related incidents over the weekend.

The deaths brought to 252 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 265 at the same time last year, said State Police at Pikesville.

Baltimore police reported that around noon Saturday, firefighter Edward Arthur, 37, was instructing a trainee in steering a hook and ladder truck on the parking lot of the Seton Industrial Park off Northern Parkway near Wabash Avenue when the trainee lost control of the vehicle while making a U-turn.

The rear section of the vehicle swung around and struck a concrete structure, throwing Arthur to the ground, police said. Arthur died of multiple injuries shortly after 2 p.m. at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police said.

Arthur, an instructor for several years, was assigned to Truck Company 12 in the 3900 block of Liberty Heights Ave.

Police said the accident remains under investigation.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Anne Arundel County, Daniel Clark Lazarich, 46, of Port Hueneme, Calif., was driving south on Maritime Boulevard near Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights when he lost control of his 1991 Chevrolet Lumina. He struck a guardrail and a drainage ditch before crashing into a tree, police said.

Lazarich, who was trapped in the wreckage, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers, Steven Michael Slead, of Santa Ana, Calif., and Daniel Hosey, of Massachusetts, were taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit, where they were listed today in serious condition.

Four people died Friday, including two teen-agers, when their car went out of control on a curve on Old Court Road near Hambleton Court in Pikesville, Baltimore County police said.

Police said Alex Semel, 17, of the 2700 block of Steele Road in north Baltimore, was driving a Ford GT Escort at high speed eastbound on Old Court Road around 6:30 p.m. Friday when he failed to make a left hand curve at Hambleton Court.

The car skidded sideways for more than 260 feet before it crashed broadside into a tree on the passenger's side.

Police said the impact was so great that the car was bent in half and the front was nearly touching the back of the car.

Killed instantly were Semel, a junior at the Gilman School, and his passenger, Eric Morstein, 15, of the first block of Penny Lane in the Bonnie Ridge section of Baltimore County, who would have been a junior at Pikesville Senior High School next year, police said.

Both Semel and Morstein were wearing their seat belts, but the impact was too severe for them to survive, police said.

On the Eastern Shore, Adelbert F. Crandall, 25, of Federalsburg, was killed shortly before noon Friday, police said, when he drove his International farm tractor into a ditch and struck several trees along eastbound Anthony Mill Road in Denton.

Police said Crandall died of injuries he suffered when he was thrown between one of the vehicle's spinning wheels and a tree.

At about 1:58 a.m. Friday in Montgomery County, Bernard D. Bachner, 21, of Great Falls, Va., was killed when he lost control of his speeding car on a curve on westbound Greentree Road near Eastridge Place in Bethesda, police said, and hit a parked car and crashed into a tree.

Police said the victim's late-model Porsche drove the parked Volvo more than 100 feet.

Bachner, who was ejected from the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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