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Crash kills local woman

May 08, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS and MARLO BARNHART

gregs@herald-mail.com

marlob@herald-mail.com

A woman died and two men were hospitalized after two cars collided at the intersection of Halfway Boulevard and Stottler Road Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Jane Pauline Cooper, 84, of 11121 Lakeside Drive, died of her injuries a short time after the 4:33 p.m. accident at the entrance to the Lakeside Park mobile home development.

Cooper lived at the mobile home development with her husband, Delbert Charles Cooper, 90, who was driving the car in which his wife was the only passenger.

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According to Trooper 1st Class C.L. Miller's press release, Delbert Cooper was attempting to turn from westbound Halfway Boulevard into the park when he failed to observe oncoming traffic.

As a result, the Coopers' 1999 Ford Escort was struck on the passenger side by an eastbound 1994 Mazda Protege driven by Erik Douglas Corbiser, 30, of Hagerstown, police said.

The accident remained under investigation Wednesday night, police said.

Both Delbert Cooper and Corbiser were taken to Washington County Hospital by Williamsport Ambulance Co. personnel.

No conditions were available from the hospital for either man although the police press release indicated their injuries were minor.

Calls to the Cooper residence went unanswered. A call to Erik Corbiser's residence - listed in the telephone directory as the 16600 block of Spiceberry Court - also went unanswered.

All three people were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in the Cooper car, police said.

The Mazda came to rest in the intersection and the Ford was lodged against the guardrail on Stottler Road, blocking traffic going into and out of the Lakeview development. Cars and trucks were backed up on both roads for nearly an hour.

One woman who was forced to stop in her car because of the accident said she had already seen an accident earlier in the day.

"This is the second bad wreck here today. There was one right up at Kmart," the woman said.

That earlier accident occurred at 1:24 p.m. at Halfway and Massey boulevards when an eastbound 2002 Ford Escape driven by Sydney Romanof turned left onto Massey Boulevard into the path of a 2000 Nissan Altima, according to Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Todd Kerns.

Romanof, 37, of 14931 White Oak Ridge, Hancock, was charged with failure to yield the right of way. He refused medical treatment, Kerns said.

The two occupants of the Nissan, Howard Spruill, 83, and his wife, Daisy Spruill, 82, both of 122 Southern Oak Drive, Hagerstown, also refused medical treatment.

A passenger in the Ford Escape, Kendra Bonds, 15, also of 14931 White Oak Ridge, Hancock, was taken to Washington County Hospital, where she was treated and released, Kerns said.

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