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I-70 crash victim identified

September 13, 2006|by CANDICE BOSELY

A 23-year-old Frederick, Md., man was killed Tuesday night on Interstate 70 when his car struck an embankment, throwing him into the middle of the highway, Maryland State Police said.

John Wade Guassardo was found dead in the middle of the highway's two lanes - just west of the U.S. 40 exit at Dual Highway - at 8:36 p.m., police said.

After Guassardo, of 7040 Hames Court, was thrown from his car, he was struck by two passing vehicles, police said. The drivers of those vehicles, which left the scene by the time police arrived Tuesday night, had not been identified by this morning, police said.

Cause unknown

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class W. Conner said Tuesday night that Guassardo was driving westbound when he ran off the road and hit the embankment. Guassardo, who was not wearing a seat belt, was then thrown from his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, police said.

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"From there, we're still trying to figure out exactly what happened," said Conner, who said an accident reconstructionist assessed the scene. "We don't want to make any speculations."

Guassardo's body came to rest about 100 feet away from his car, Conner said.

The black, two-door car ended up on its roof in a grassy area to the left of the westbound traffic lanes.

Debris from the car, including clothing and other personal items, was scattered around it and its front bumper was ripped off and on the edge of the road.

Although all westbound traffic was stopped, most drivers were allowed to turn around and drive the wrong way down an on-ramp to get onto U.S. 40.

Several cars and trucks were stopped near the accident site, but most of the drivers said they did not see what had happened.

One man said the drivers of many or most of the cars that might have been involved or who might have seen what happened appeared to keep going.

Another man said he saw Guassardo's car flip into the air, but did not see anything else because he was concentrating on not hitting a separate car in front of him.

Both westbound lanes were reopened a few minutes before 11 p.m.

Eastbound traffic was not affected.

Police ask anyone with information on the drivers who struck Guassardo to call police at 301-739-2101.

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