Seven people were killed in traffic accidents yesterday and late Friday -- three on the Eastern Shore, three near Washington and one on the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore County.
Though rain-slicked roads in Maryland caused many traffic mishaps, including several in Baltimore, police said most of the crashes involving fatalities occurred for reasons other than the weather.
The fatal I-83 crash near Robert E. Lee Park occurred about 12:15 a.m. yesterday when a 32-year-old man and his passenger were hit by a car while they were checking the back of their vehicle, which had just been involved in a minor accident.
Police said Mark Joseph Manion of Cockeysville and the passenger, John Paul Effinger, 28, also of Cockeysville, were hit by a Cadillac driven by Victor L. Millard, 25, of Towson, and pinned between the two cars.
Both men were taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Mr. Manion was pronounced dead on arrival and Mr. Effinger was in critical and unstable condition yesterday.
Police said the Cadillac's driver, Mr. Millard, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Other charges are pending.
The first of three accidents in Talbot and Dorchester counties occurred on Friday minutes before midnight.
Police said a 1986 Buick Park Avenue driven by Frederick Garfield Robinson rear-ended a 1990 Dodge Shadow on U.S. 50, west of Manadier Road near Trappe. Both cars spun off the highway and hit trees.
The Dodge, driven by Vaughn Robert Brooks, flipped onto its roof. Both vehicles caught fire. Police did not give the ages or hometowns of any of those involved.
State police said Mr. Robinson died at the scene. Police attributed the accident to speed.
About four hours later, Michael S. Broll, 30, of Royal Oak in Talbot County, was killed when the 1978 Ford pickup truck he was driving went off Royal Oak Road, near Hopkins Neck Road, in Talbot County, crossed back and hit a tree, ejecting him. Police said driver fatigue or slippery roads contributed to this crash.
About 7:45 a.m., a person driving on Route 16, near Woods Road in Cambridge, found the body of Randy Dale Hamilton, 31, of Sharptown. His 1982 Datsun pickup truck left the roadway, hit a ditch, flipped over, and ejected the driver. The accident occurred between 2 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
Prince George's County
A 27-year-old Virginia man was killed about 7 a.m. when the 1980 Chevy Citation he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer where Interstate 295 merges with the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near Forest Heights.
Tony C. Haggins-Richardson, of Fredericksburg, was pronounced dead at Greater Southeast Hospital in Washington. The truck driver, Jefferson Pierce Entas, 23, of Fairfax, Va., was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
State police said Mr. Haggins-Richardson lost control of his car, hit a light pole and careened in front of the truck, which crushed the Chevy against a concrete barrier.
About 11:50 p.m. Friday, Bennie Woodard, 26, of Waldorf, was killed when his 1981 Harley Davidson motorcycle rear-ended a 1989 Caterpillar backhoe operated by Cornelius Ducky McGougam, 71, of Washington, who was not injured. The accident occurred on the Indian Head Highway at Beretta Drive in Accokeek.
Another man was killed and two persons were injured about 11:30 p.m. at Allentown and Forestville roads in Forestville.
Police said Greg Joseph Turman, 23, of Arlington, Va., was driving a 1989 Ford Thunderbird north on Allentown Road when he attempted to make a left turn onto Forestville Road.
Police said his car was hit by a 1989 Toyota pickup truck driven by Sean Allen Burley of Quincy, Mich.
Mr. Turman was dead on arrival at Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base at 12:20 a.m. yesterday.