Crash with police car causes 1 of 4 fatalities Motorcyclist, 2 other motorists killed

Three Marylanders died and one other suffered serious injuries in separate traffic accidents Christmas Day, including a motorcyclist who was killed after he was thrown off his bike, area police reported yesterday.



The motorcyclist, Clinton Ford Seeley III, was traveling in the 1000 block of Druid Park Lake Dr. near Eutaw Place about 6:45 a.m. when his bike skidded on a patch of ice, city police said.

Mr. Seeley, 43, who lived in the 2500 block of N. Charles St., was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about an hour later.


Police said he was wearing a helmet.

Howard County

Four people were injured, one seriously, after a driver collided with a car that had run out of gas on U.S.29, county police said.

Police said Jennifer Logan, age unknown, of the 3200 block of Town & Country Blvd., was driving a 1990 Suzuki when her car struck a 1987 Cadillac parked on the far right-hand side of the highway, just north of St. Johns Lane.

The collision seriously injured Garnett Lancaster, 68, who was putting fuel in the gas tank. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where the Silver Spring resident was reported in serious condition.

William Lancaster, 59, of Washington, who was standing in front of the car, was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

A passenger in the car, Dorine Smoot, also of Washington, was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she also was treated and released.

Ms. Logan, the driver of the Suzuki, also was treated for injuries at St. Agnes Hospital.


No charges were filed in the accident and the investigation is continuing, police said.

Prince George's County

Two men died in separate early morning accidents.

Franklin Donnell Johnson, 31, of the 8600 block of Binghampton Place in Upper Marlboro, was attempting to pass another car on Addison Road near Pine Grove Road in Capitol Heights when he struck it in the left rear. His own car went out of control, hitting a utility pole, county police said.

Mr. Johnson was partially thrown from his car in the 1:30 a.m. accident. The other driver, Frederick Barnes, 49, of Washington, was not injured.

About 1:40 a.m., Kelly Howard Odoms, 28, of Washington, was killed after his car crossed the median in the 7600 block of Allentown Road in Camp Springs and collided head-on with another car. No other details were available.