Five killed in four accidents

May 08, 2006|from Staff reports


Five people, including three Hagerstown residents, died Sunday as the result of four accidents on Tri-State area roads.

Burtus Oliver Wilson, 70, and Reyli Benitez Carvajal, 42, both of Hagerstown, died in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 40 in eastern Washington County, Maryland State Police said.

Francis L. Myers, 55, of Hagerstown, died when his vehicle struck a tractor-trailer near Exit 3 of Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa.

Vernon Pope, 52, of Martinsburg, W.Va., was hit by a van and killed while directing traffic near a work site on W.Va. 480 in Jefferson County.


Carol Ballenger Loy, 61, of Frederick, Md., died in an early-morning accident on Interstate 270 south of Frederick.

Wilson was driving a Buick LeSabre west on U.S. 40 west of Crystal Falls Drive about 3:30 p.m. when the vehicle drifted across the center line, according to police. Wilson struck a 2001 Hyundai Elantra driven by Carvajal.

The vehicles collided head-on, police said.

Carvajal was pronounced dead at the scene, and Wilson was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital, police said.

Wilson's passenger, Yvette Idell Wilson, 60, of Hagerstown, was taken to Washington County Hospital by ambulance for treatment. She was in fair condition Sunday night, a nursing supervisor there said.

One of Carvajal's passengers, Maria Nohemy Carvajal, 36, of Hagerstown, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. She was in serious condition late Sunday, according to a nursing supervisor there.

Two juvenile passengers in Carvajal's vehicle who were not wearing seat belts were taken to Washington County Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Pennsylvania fatality

Myers was driving a 2000 Mercedes C230 that left the southbound lane of Interstate 81, crossed the median and entered the path of the tractor-trailer in the northbound lane around 5 p.m., Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Pennsylvania State Police said the tractor-trailer was driven by Willie Ray Richards, 47, of Dallas, who was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

The accident forced the closure of the northbound lanes of I-81 in that area for three hours, police said.

The cause of Myers' death was multiple blunt force trauma, Conner said.

Myers was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

W.Va. fatality

Pope, an Allegheny Power employee, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Sgt. C.C. Morton of the West Virginia State Police.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. near Little Curry Lane. Theodore Yetka, 72, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was driving north on W.Va. 480 in a 1992 Toyota minivan, Morton said.

Yetka's van reached the crest of a hill, where Pope was standing in the van's lane of travel, Morton said. Morton declined to speculate on contributing factors to the accident, saying it was still under investigation.

Pope was directing traffic while another person was working from a repair truck, Sgt. E.D. Anderson said.

Pope worked for Allegheny Power for 16 years and worked as a meter reader for most of the time, said his daughter, Allison Pope. Although he was a meter reader, Pope would help out with other duties at work sites, Allison Pope said.

Pope was born in Kentucky but lived in many U.S. cities while his father worked in the military, Allison Pope said.

Maryland fatality

Loy died at the scene of a head-on collision on Interstate 270 in Frederick County at 5:14 a.m., according to Maryland State Police.

Kwasi Osei Ofosu, 36, of Gaithersburg, Md., was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla south on I-270 when the vehicle struck a guardrail south of Md. 80, police said.

Ofosu's vehicle then traveled north in the southbound lanes and struck a 1997 Toyota Tercel driven by Loy, police said.

Ofosu was flown to Washington County Hospital, where a nursing supervisor said he was in fair condition Sunday night.

Staff writers Erin Cunningham, Karen Hanna, Jennifer Fitch and Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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