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Traffic accidents kill 5 during Easter weekend


The Easter weekend was a deadly one on roads, with traffic accidents claiming five lives since Friday.


Police said a 26-year-old woman died when her Corvette spun out of control and hit a curb, guardrail and pole in the 2800 block of Washington Blvd. in South Baltimore about 1:30 a.m. yesterday.

Police identified the woman as Sandra Mae Kooser of the 2000 block of Griffis Ave. Dennis Robert Ruhl, 23, who police said was Ms. Kooser's boyfriend, was driving in front of her. He told police that a white van swerved into his lane just before the accident and that Ms. Kooser's car was spinning out of control when he looked back.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, a pickup truck heading north in the 2600 block of Reisterstown Road veered across a concrete median and into a crowded bus shelter, hitting three people, said Sgt. Jim Giza. The driver, Michael S. Jones, 44, of the 3900 block of Parkview Ave. died at the scene.

Sergeant Giza said the man apparently suffered a heart attack while driving, causing the accident.

The three bystanders were taken to local hospitals, Sergeant Giza said. They complained of leg, neck and back injuries.

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Two college students died Friday afternoon when their car veered off Interstate 83 near Belfast Road and slammed into a tree.

Mandy Nguyen, 19, of Baton Rouge, La., was driving a 1993 Ford Fiesta north on the highway when the car, bearing three other passengers, went off the interstate about 2:30 p.m. All four were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Ms. Nguyen died later that day. James Dillon, 19, of Shelby, Ohio, died at 1 a.m. Saturday. Mr. Dillon owned the car. Jay Einhorn of Largo, Fla., and James Rushing of Crystal Springs, Miss., were in critical condition yesterday.

The four were students at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Michael Carter, 59, of the 4200 block of Sutton Drive in Harford County was killed in Baltimore County about 1 a.m. Saturday when a car driven by Talmadge Clifford Rose III, 23, crossed the center line of Jarrettsville Pike near Manor Road and struck his vehicle head-on, police said.

Mr. Rose was in critical condition this morning at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

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