Six people have died in Howard County motor vehicle accidents this year, five more than at the same point last year.
The two latest fatal accidents occurred over the weekend: at 10: 42 p.m. Saturday at U.S. 40 and Normandy Woods Drive in Ellicott City, and at 3: 42 p.m. Sunday at Route 175 and Interstate 95 in Jessup.
A man driving a 1996 Freightliner tractor east on Route 175 and nearing I-95 reportedly ran a red light and struck a 1990 Mercury on the driver's side as it was entering Route 175 from an I-95 exit ramp, police said.
Toribio Robledo Bolanos, 43, of the 9600 block of Basket Ring Road in Columbia, the lone occupant of the Mercury, was killed. The truck driver was not injured.
Police said they charged David M. Schnepf, 34, of St. Paul, Minn., with vehicular manslaughter, failing to stop at a red light and not keeping appropriate logs of his driving. He was being held on $10,000 bond.
He was charged based on reports from four witnesses who said the driver ran the light and made no attempt to stop, said Sgt. A. J. Bellido de Luna of the Howard County traffic enforcement section.
Truck drivers are required to keep logs of driving time, sleep time, when they are working but not driving and when they are not on duty, said state Trooper James Rosso of the commercial vehicle enforcement division. Drivers are not allowed to drive more than 70 hours in a seven-day period, Rosso said.
Diara Diane Green, 36, of Baltimore died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after a collision in Ellicott City on Saturday with a vehicle that struck her car from behind, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, Howard County police spokesman. She was not wearing a seat belt. A 5-year-old child in her Honda was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition yesterday.
The driver of the car that hit Green's was pursued by police on foot and caught after leaving the collision and running toward Rogers Avenue, Bellido de Luna said. That investigation is continuing.
Last year, 15 people died in 14 accidents. The last time there were two fatalities in a two-day period was Dec. 1 and 2 of last year.
"It is very unusual," said Bellido de Luna.
Pub Date: 2/09/99