3 traffic accidents leave 4 people dead


Four people died in Maryland traffic accidents late Friday and yesterday. The victims were a Carroll County woman killed by a hit-and-run driver, two people from Charles County killed in a fiery, head-on crash that ended a high speed chase by police, and an elderly Washington County woman killed in a two-car crash.

Carroll County

In Carroll County, a neighbor was a suspect in the death of Deborah Jean Hartman, of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road in Hampstead, State Police in Carroll County said.

Ms. Hartman was struck and killed Friday night by a northbound hit-and-run driver as she walked north along the far right side of Fairmount Road near Utz Road about 8 p.m. Ms. Hartman was dead on arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police alerted by witnesses sought a red vehicle, and Trooper J. W. Long found a red 1987 Chevrolet pickup truck with front-end damage in the nearby Rockbrook Trailer Park.

Police said that charges were pending against a woman who lives within a block of the victim.

Charles County

State police at Waldorf said they were continuing to investigate the early-morning, head-on crash that took two lives yesterday after a police chase.

The incident began around 12:15 a.m. when Trooper Eric S. Durham saw a 1987 Ford pickup moving erratically north on Route 5, south of Route 205. Trooper Durham turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the pickup. But the driver increased speed, turned north on Route 205, then east on Route 382, attempting to elude the trooper, police said.

As the pickup approached St. Peter's Church Road, it crossed the center line into the westbound lane and struck a 1986 Nissan pickup head on. The Ford burst into flames. Efforts by police and members of the Waldorf rescue squad to free the trapped driver failed. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the Nissan's driver as Eric T. Christenson, 29, of Waldorf. The driver of the Ford pickup remained unidentified.

Washington County

An elderly Smithburg woman was killed in two-car crash late yesterday morning near Boonsboro.

State Police from Hagerstown said Olive Bowman, 73, died when a car in which she was riding went through a stop sign at the intersection of Mill Point Road and Route 68 and was struck broadside by another vehicle.

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