4 people seriously injured in Pasadena wreck Chain-reaction accident involves car, pickup truck and two motorcycles


Three men and a woman were injured in a chain-reaction accident early yesterday that closed Catherine Avenue and parts of Route 100 in Pasadena for about an hour at the beginning of the morning rush, county police said.

Three of the injured were listed in critical condition at area hospitals. All four of the injured are from Pasadena.

Joseph Wayne Langer, 37, of the 8200 block of Old Mill Road was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with multiple injuries.

Richard Scott Dalfonzo, 30, of the 900 block of Longview Ave. suffered leg and pelvic injuries and was in critical condition at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

David Walter Bland, 47, of the 800 block of 222nd St. was in critical condition at the shock trauma center.

Darlene B. Snyder, 53, of the 300 block of Cloverhill Road was listed in stable condition at Prince George's Hospital Center with shoulder injuries and a broken leg.

Police spokeswoman Officer Carol Frye said Langer, who was driving a 1990 Isuzu pickup truck, turned left from northbound Catherine Avenue onto the Route 100 ramp and into the path of two motorcycles shortly before 6 a.m.

Bland, who was operating one of the motorcycles, braked and fell to the side, but the second motorcycle, driven by Dalfonzo, hit the pickup truck.

Langer got out of his vehicle to help the cyclists, followed by Snyder, who had stopped her 1995 Chevrolet Corsica in the southbound lane of Catherine Avenue near the motorcycles.

Within minutes, a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Rob Leo Ritter, 33, of the 700 block of 215th Street in Pasadena hit Snyder's car, which struck Snyder, Langer, Dalfonzo and his motorcycle.

Ritter suffered minor injuries but refused treatment, Frye said.

She said police closed Catherine Avenue between Mountain Road and Route 100 and a portion of Route 100 to clear the debris and allow three helicopters to land to fly the injured to hospitals.

Pub Date: 9/03/98

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