Tri-State accidents claim two Friday

December 12, 1997


Staff Writer

Two people died and six people were injured on Tri-State area roads Friday, police said.

Catherine Eileen Wachter, 79, of Ijamsville, Md., died when the car she was riding in turned into the path of an oncoming car at 6:25 p.m., said Maryland State Police in Frederick, Md.

About an hour earlier in northern Franklin County, Pa., an unidentified pedestrian was struck and killed, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The accident happened on Pa. 75 near Doylestown, Pa. Details were unavailable at press time.

In the Frederick County wreck, Wachter was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

Wachter's daughter, Shirley Wachter Halsey, 61, of Berlin, Md., was driving northbound on Md. 194 when her car collided with a southbound car driven by Kourtney Ellen May, 19, of Monrovia, Md., police said.


Halsey turned left onto Coppermine Road in front of May's car, police said.

Both drivers and two other passenger's in Halsey's car - Robert Halsey, 67, of Berlin, Md., and Colby Donelle Hubble, 33, of Ijamsville, Md. - were treated and released at Frederick Memorial Hospital, police said.

In two other accidents Friday.

- A Virginia trucker was injured when his rig was hit by another trucker who apparently fell asleep as he was traveling on westbound Interstate 70 near Hancock, Maryland State Police said.

One lane of westbound I-70 at the U.S. 522 ramp was closed early Friday when approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled in the accident, police said.

Donald Wilkerson, 49, of Chesapeake, Va., was parked on the berm reading a map at 1:25 a.m. when he was hit by a 1985 Freightliner driven by Jesse Manship III, 39, of Glen Burnie, police said.

Wilkerson was taken to War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Manship was charged with negligent driving, police said.

- A Frederick, Md., man was hurt when a car turned in front of his pickup truck on U.S. 40 near Myersville, Md., Maryland State Police said.

James Lowry, 36, was westbound at 7:21 p.m. when his truck collided with a car driven by Dale Kline, 57, of Myersville, Md., police said.

Kline was turning left onto Brethren Church Road, police said.

Lowrey was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, where he was in fair condition Friday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Kline and his wife, Audrey, were not hurt, police said.

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