Weekend traffic accidents killed five people in Maryland, two of them in Howard County yesterday when a collision turned a family outing into a tragedy.
Howard County police said the crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. on Route 32 in Clarksville when a northbound car crossed the center line to pass another automobile and ran into the path of a van that was leading a family caravan of vehicles to Ocean City.
The driver of the car, 35-year-old James Hanley Dorrence of Mount Airy, was killed. The other victim was a passenger in the front seat of the van, 70-year-old Dorothy Dixon of Camp Springs.
Mr. Dorrence was dead at the scene, and Mrs. Dixon died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Injured and taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital were the driver of the van, Deborah Greene, 33, of Middletown, who was listed in good condition, and her sons Christopher, 6, who was in stable condition, and Jimmy, 9 months, who was released after treatment.
Ms. Greene was leading "two or three other vehicles bound for Ocean City" when the northbound Toyota operated by Mr. Dorrence swerved into their lane, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.
The other cars were not involved in the accident, the sergeant said.
Another fatal accident occurred just before 5 a.m. in Baltimore County. Police said a 27-year-old Virginia man was killed when his speeding 1982 Datsun rolled over and slid head-on into another vehicle.
Van McKale Porter of Norcross, Va., died at the scene of the crash in the 6300 block of Windsor Mill Road. The other driver was not injured, police said.
In Southern Maryland, a 36-year-old Calvert County woman was killed about 5 p.m. yesterday when a motorcycle on which she was a passenger collided with a van.
The woman, whose name was not immediately divulged, was thrown about 50 feet from the motorcycle after the crash on Route 235 in Oakville. The operator of the bike, Ervin Eugene Trexler, 45, of St. Leonard's, was in stable condition at the trauma unit of the Prince George's Hospital Center.
State police said Burton Benedict Raley, 63, of Lexington Park, the driver of the van, was not injured. Police said the the van pulled out from a stop sign on Route 247 into the path of the motorcycle.
In Baltimore, a 50-year-old man who was killed Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue was identified by police yesterday as John Vereen, 50, of the 1400 block Wilmer Court.
Police said Mr. Vereen, who had been walking in traffic and "creating a disturbance," was lying in the street when he was run over by a car.