Dr. Richard Colfer, who investigated many fatal accidents after becoming deputy state medical examiner for Harford County nine years ago, was killed yesterday when the car he was driving crossed the center line on Route 136 near Churchville and collided with a Federal Armored Express truck, state police said.
The head-on impact between the 1990 Mercury Topaz and the 1993 International truck forced the truck off the road and caused it to flip onto its side, Trooper Daniel Fairburn of the Bel Air barracks said.
Dr. Colfer, 78, of Darlington was pronounced dead at the scene soon after the 9:36 a.m. crash.
A passenger in the truck, Darnell Myers, 31, of Essex, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released.
The truck driver, Richard Martin Baranowski Jr., 33, of Dundalk, was treated at Fallston General Hospital and released.
Witnesses said the doctor's car slowed down, then suddenly sped up on the two-lane road before traveling into the truck's path about two miles south of Churchville, Trooper Fairburn said. The speed limit on the road is 50 mph.
Dr. Colfer is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Dr. Joan Kepford of Monkton; and a son, Richard Colfer of Churchville.