Accidents on state highways kill at least 3 men since Friday; Virginian, 2 local men die in separate incidents


At least three people have been killed on Maryland highways since Friday evening, including a Virginia man who was thrown from his car and struck by another driver on Interstate 95 in Prince George's County, police reported.

The other fatal accidents happened in Howard and Carroll counties.

About 2: 30 a.m. yesterday, two men were traveling south on I-95 near Route 5 when the driver lost control of the 1985 Nissan 300 2X, Maryland State Police said. The car flipped, tossing the driver and passenger onto the highway.

One of the men, Jerome Darnell Davis, 22, of Arlington, Va., was struck and killed by a 1998 Honda Civic. Police don't know if Davis was the passenger or driver. The other man was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was treated for broken bones and other injuries. Police did not release his name.

No charges had been filed against the man driving the Honda Civic, Manuel Edwardo Piedra of Alexandria, and police were still investigating.

Driver misses curve

About four hours before Davis' accident, Robert Carter Shore, 44, of Littlestown, Pa., was killed after he failed to negotiate a curve while traveling west on Lucabaugh Mill Road in Carroll County.

Maryland State Police, who believe he was traveling at a high rate of speed, said Shore's 1989 Ford Probe went up an embankment at 10: 50 p.m. and became airborne.

His vehicle then struck a wooden utility pole, a pine tree and the top of a concrete driveway wall. It stopped in a front yard.

Crash in Elkridge

Earlier Friday, a 46-year-old Carroll County man was killed when his 1998 Ford Escort was struck about 6: 15 p.m. by a 1988 Mercedes in Elkridge, Howard County police reported.

Gary Clifford Hoyt, of the 3300 block of Maple Grove Road in Manchester, pulled onto Meadow Ridge Road in front of the Mercedes. Police say Hoyt failed to yield the right of way.

The 17-year-old Mercedes driver was in stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said three passengers in the Mercedes were also in stable condition at area hospitals -- an 8-year-old girl at Shock Trauma and two 13-year-old boys at Johns Hopkins Hospital. None were identified.

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