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Frederick man injured in crash on Interstate 70

December 11, 2005|By TAMELA BAKER

FREDERICK, Md. -

A Frederick man was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Friday after a three-vehicle crash in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 near Bartholows Road, according to Tfc. Joshua Arnold of the Frederick barrack of the Maryland State Police.

Jose Guillermo Zeleya-Mejia, 27, was transported by state police helicopter for injuries sustained when the 2000 Toyota 4Runner he was driving was struck head-on by a 1995 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Antonio Jerome Moore, 25, of Baltimore, Arnold said. Zeleya-Mejia's vehicle then was rear-ended by a 2000 GMC pickup truck driven by Alan Sabatini, 44, of Mount Airy, Md.

Zeleya-Mejia was treated at the center and later released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Moore had been traveling west on I-70, but had attempted to cross the median at a turnaround reserved for emergency vehicles so that he could head east, Arnold said. Ice and snow on the turnaround caused Moore to lose control of his car, which struck Zeleya-Mejia's vehicle, Arnold said.

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Sabatini, who had been following Zeleya-Mejia eastbound, was unable to stop his vehicle before it struck Zeleya-Mejia's, Arnold said.

Moore was charged with negligent driving and failure to obey a traffic control device. Traffic in the eastbound lanes was stopped for about an hour and a half, Arnold said.

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