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Accidents claim two lives

November 08, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Two separate accidents Monday claimed the lives of a youth and a 24-year-old Hagerstown man, according to written releases from the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The youth, whose age and name have not been released by city police, died at Washington County Hospital from injuries sustained from being thrown from a moped on Wilson Boulevard, east of Summit Avenue, at about 3:15 p.m., city police said.

Erik Lynn Hines, 24, of 18630 Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown, died at Washington County Hospital from injuries sustained in a 9:11 p.m. accident on Cedar Ridge Road, just south of U.S. 40, near Williamsport, county police said.

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Hines, who worked as a blacktop finisher with Craig Paving, was on his way to a friend's house to watch a football game when the accident occurred, said his father, Steven Hines, 51, with whom he lived.

Hines and his wife, Vicki, 49, were told of the accident by a friend who works with the Clear Spring Fire Department and made it to the hospital before Erik Hines arrived, he said.

Erik Hines had just dropped off his 3-year-old son, Brandon, at Brandon's mother's house before the accident occurred, Steven Hines said.

The Sheriff's Department said in a written release that Hines was northbound on Cedar Ridge Road, lost control of his 1989 Jeep Cherokee, left the road and hit a utility pole, shearing it off into an adjacent tree in front of 12425 Cedar Ridge Road.

The impact to the driver's side of the Jeep pinned him inside, police said. Emergency Rescue workers cut him free and transported him to Washington County Hospital, but he died from the injuries sustained in the accident, according to the release.

Hines sustained a tear to his heart, punctured both of his lungs and sustained broken bones and several other injuries in the accident, Steven Hines said. He died at Washington County Hospital at 12:14 a.m.

"I never expected this," his father said of his son's sudden death. Steven Hines said he had to make calls today for his son's funeral arrangements. "I figured he'd be doing this for me," he said.

Hines "liked to do a little bit of everything," including fishing and hunting, he said.

He went with his father and older brother Shawn, 28, to go hunting often, he said.

Erik Hines attended North Hagerstown High School until the 11th grade, Steven Hines said.

In response to the youth's reported accident, Hagerstown Police Department officers went to Wilson Boulevard east of Summit Avenue around 3:15 p.m. and found a moped on its side. The driver had been thrown from the moped, police said.

The driver was taken to Washington County Hospital and later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident, police said.

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