Three die in separate accidents

July 04, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Three people died Saturday in Washington County as a result of separate accidents during recreational activities, police and emergency workers said.

An 11-year-old Boonsboro boy died as a result of a head-on all-terrain vehicle accident near Boonsboro.

In the second incident, a 39-year-old Frederick, Md., man died after a watercraft collision on the Potomac River north of Sharpsburg.

Later Saturday, a 38-year-old Williamsport man died after he was swept under calm waters on Conococheague Creek while fishing.

In the ATV accident, police were called to the 7000 block of Wheeler Road about 12:50 p.m. Saturday for a call of an accident in a field, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.


Police said three children were riding two all-terrain vehicles when the ATVs struck each other head-on. All three were wearing helmets, police said.

According to Deputy Medical Examiner Stephen Kotch and Sheriff's information, the boy who died was Zachary Beard, 11, of Wheeler Road. He was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital.

Two other children, whom police did not identify, were riding the other vehicle. They were flown to Washington, D.C.-area hospitals via Maryland State Police helicopters.

In the watercraft accident, James Robert Mulvey, 39, of Frederick, died as a result of injuries he sustained on the Potomac River.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Heather Lynch said Mulvey and his girlfriend, Rosemary Elizabeth Stine, 40, each were riding personal watercraft on the Potomac River.

At about 12:30 p.m., a boat passed the two and its wake apparently caused Mulvey and Stine to collide "in a 'V,'" Lynch said. Both riders were wearing life vests.

Stine was thrown 15 to 20 feet from her watercraft, but was uninjured, Lynch said. Mulvey apparently suffered chest injuries, although he was not thrown from his vehicle.

Lynch said emergency workers said Mulvey was talking to them when they arrived. But on the way to Washington County Hospital, Mulvey's condition worsened and a Maryland State Police helicopter was called to take him the rest of the way to the hospital, Lynch said. He died at the hospital.

"There's no evidence of wrongdoing, initially, by anyone" involved in the water accident, Lynch said.

In the drowning incident, a 911 call was placed from the Cushwa Basin near the C&O Canal on the Conococheague Creek at 5:04 p.m., Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Tracey Peyton said Saturday.

Peyton said 38-year-old Richard Allen Henson was fishing on one side of Conococheague Creek when he decided to wade across the creek to the other side.

"He called for help to his sister, who was with him, and she tried to help, but she didn't make it to him in time," Peyton said.

Henson also complained of an injury just before he was pulled underneath the surface of the water, Peyton said.

Divers from the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service found Henson about 45 minutes later. Rescuers attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital at 6:38 p.m., Peyton said.

Kotch said all three bodies were sent to be examined by the Chief Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore.

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