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6 fatalities over weekend in accidents on Md. roads Off-duty police officer in Anne Arundel County loses control of car


Six people were killed in accidents on Maryland roads over the weekend, including an off-duty Anne Arundel County police officer, who died yesterday when he lost control of his 1997 Volkswagen GTI and was thrown from the vehicle in Pasadena.

Officer Alexander Marcum Shandrowsky, 28, of the 8200 block of Shady Nook Court in Pasadena was driving north in the 7900 block of Fort Smallwood Road about 7:45 a.m. when he lost control of the Volkswagen, said Sgt. Joseph Jordan, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman.

Jordan said the car hit a fire hydrant and flipped over several times, throwing Shandrowsky from the vehicle, before coming to rest in the parking lot of an 84 Lumber Co. store. Shandrowsky was pronounced dead at the scene, Jordan said.

The cause of the accident was being investigated, but Jordan said preliminary findings indicated that speed and a rain-slicked roadway were factors.

Shandrowsky, a five-year veteran, was assigned to the Western District and worked the midnight shift, Jordan said.

"Officer Shandrowsky was a well-liked and well-respected member of our department," said Acting Chief Thomas Shanahan in a prepared statement. "His family and friends, as well as this department, will miss him greatly."

A woman answering the phone at Shandrowsky's residence said the family declined to comment.

Harford County

In Harford County, a 61-year-old Bel Air man was struck by a car and killed Saturday night while walking on Rock Springs Road (Route 24), state police said.

Mei Guan Lu of the first block of Red Pump Road was walking in the southbound lane of Rock Springs Road near Red Pump Road when he was struck by a 1991 Dodge Stratus driven by Michael Iacaruso, 30, of Bel Air, police said. Lu was pronounced dead at the scene.

Iacaruso was not injured. The accident is being investigated, police said.

Eastern Shore

On the Eastern Shore, a 52-year-old Federalsburg man died late Saturday when he lost control of his van, which ran off the road, struck a transformer in a farm field and overturned on White Road in Caroline County, reported state police in Easton.

Donald Allen Howard Sr. of the 4100 block of White Road was driving his 1997 Chevrolet van north on White Road, south of Houston Branch Road (Route 306), about 10: 30 p.m. when the accident occurred, police said.

Howard was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. They said he was not wearing a seat belt.

Prince George's County

In Prince George's County, state police identified yesterday two men killed when the rented 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck they were riding in Friday careened off a concrete barrier on an Interstate 95 ramp in College Park and plunged 75 feet to the ground below.

Killed were the driver, Gerald Allen Ford, 30, and his passenger, Robert Patrick Bryant, 28, both of Washington, police said.

Crash near Beltway

About 6 a.m. Saturday, Clayton E. Daniels Jr., 29, of the 1600 block of Forest Park Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was killed when apparently fell asleep at the wheel and his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned on eastbound Interstate 95 near the Baltimore Beltway, state police said.

Pub Date: 12/14/98

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