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Two die in separate automobile accidents Towson State dean, Loch Raven computer specialist are victims


The dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson State University was killed on the Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon and a Loch Raven man was fatally injured early yesterday on the Jones Falls Expressway in separate accidents.

Dr. Alexander E. Sidorowicz, 49, of Towson State, a resident of Harper House at the Village of Cross Keys, died when his car was struck as he attempted to cross U.S. 50 in Queen Anne's County, state police said.

The Loch Raven man, Jeffrey M. Plack, 23, of the 1800 block of Edgewood Road died early yesterday after his disabled Jeep fell on him as he attempted to replace a wheel that had fallen off while he was driving, traffic police said.

Plack, a pre-press computer specialist, had been traveling south between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane shortly before 1 a.m. when one of the vehicle's wheels fell off.

Police said the driver of a Ford pickup truck, Ronald Smoot Sr., 55, of the 700 block of N. Kenwood Ave., drove Plack to get the wheel.

When they returned, Smoot parked behind the Jeep and turned on his emergency flashers.

After jacking up his Jeep, Plack was working on the wheel when a southbound Royal cab driven by a Baltimore man struck the truck, forcing it into the Jeep, which fell on Plack.

Shortly after 1 a.m., Plack and the cabdriver were taken to Sinai Hospital, where Plack died at 1: 49 a.m. of massive chest injuries. Police said the cabdriver was treated for leg, arm and facial injuries and released.

Police said Smoot saw the cab and jumped out of the way.

Charges are pending, police said.

State police at the Centreville barracks said Sidorowicz had attended a course at the Wye Institute of the University of Maryland and was returning home when the accident occurred. Police said he was crossing U.S. 50 near Queenstown about 1 p.m. Saturday when his 1992 Volvo was struck by a Jeep Cherokee traveling east on U.S. 50.

Police said Sidorowicz was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Easton. The driver of the Jeep, George F. Pfaller, 40, of Queenstown was not injured. Police said no charges were filed.

Pub Date: 12/09/96

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