Traffic accidents kill 4 in Maryland


A Frederick County woman who died after a truck changed lanes on the Bay Bridge and struck the motorcycle on which she was a passenger was among four people killed in separate accidents on Maryland highways this weekend.

Forty-year-old Kathleen D. Clevenger of Jefferson died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after the accident, which occurred about 4 p.m. Friday on the westbound span of the bridge.

A spokesman for the Maryland Toll Facilities Police said Mrs. Clevenger was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her 39-year-old husband, William Thomas Clevenger, when a tractor-trailer in the center lane of the span attempted to move into their lane.

The identity of the truck driver was not released.

A 22-year-old Laurel man was killed yesterday in Anne Arundel County when he lost control of the car he was driving and was thrown onto the interstate, where he was run over by a van.

The victim, whose identity was not released until his relatives could be notified, was pronounced dead on the scene. The 2 a.m. accident closed Interstate 97 in Crownsville for several hours.

Police said the man was driving a 1988 Toyota Tercel south on the highway when, for an unknown reason, he lost control of the car and it rolled over, throwing him out.

Moments later, a 1989 Dodge van driven by Douglas Cash Jr., 24, of Brooklyn Park, ran over the man.

Three passengers in the victim's car were injured.


The death of a 67-year-old Tennessee man traveling on Interstate 81 near Hagerstown marked the second traffic fatality of the weekend, said Maryland state police.

Richard Hawes Twichell of Antioch, Tenn., had stopped his car on I-81 about 6:30 p.m. Friday because construction had backed up traffic, said Tfc. Wayne Smith. "The car was struck in the rear by a '90 Suburu and driven into a third vehicle in front of it," said Trooper Smith.

Mr. Twichell was killed, and his wife Eveyln, 63, remained in intensive care at Washington County Hospital yesterday, state police said. The driver of the car in front of the Twichells' vehicle also was hospitalized, police said.

Trooper Smith said the driver of the Suburu, identified as Ronald Lindenbaum, 52, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and negligent driving, police said.


Prince George's County police said William Henry Smit, 28, of the 6900 block of Walker Mill Road in District Heights, was killed when his motorcycle struck the rear of a pickup truck traveling east on Columbia Park Road in Landover about 9:50 p.m. Friday.

Police said the truck was apparently traveling slowly and was trying to turn north on Marlboro Avenue. The truck driver, Charles Williams, 56, was not injured.

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