Pa. man is killed in car crash


A Stewartstown, Pa., man was killed yesterday evening when the car he was driving on Maryland Route 23 went out of control just inside Harford County and crashed into a "Welcome To Maryland" sign before striking a tree.

Killed was Howard Francis Maxwell, 37, of Hickory Road.

Trooper First Class David Redman, of the Benson Barracks, said Mr. Maxwell was driving a 1986 Hyundai south on Pennsylvania Route 24 and had crossed into Maryland north of Norrisville and was continuing on Maryland Route 23 when, according to another motorist, his car began to sway.

Trooper Redman said the car left the roadway, crashed into the Maryland sign and then struck a Harford County sign before striking a tree and overturning.

The car left no skid marks.

Trooper Redman said Mr. Maxwell, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not wearing his seat belt and that his injuries could have been lessened had he been using it.

A motorist following Mr. Maxwell stopped and rendered first-aid but was not able to revive the man.

Trooper Redman said a card in the man's wallet indicated he was a diabetic and that the car's swaying may have been caused by the motorist going into a diabetic coma.

There were no signs of drug or alcohol use and an autopsy was to be performed to determine if the effects of the diabetes may have caused the accident.

State Police at Pikesville said the accident brought to 442 the number of persons killed on the state's roadways so far this year, compared to 422 this time last year.

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