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Police identify man killed in I-70 crash

September 14, 2006|From Staff reports

HAGERSTOWN - A 23-year-old Frederick, Md., man was killed Tuesday night on Interstate 70 when his car struck an embankment and he was thrown 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, who left the scene by the time police arrived Tuesday night, had not been identified by Wednesday, police said.

According to a press release, Guassardo, who was driving west, lost control of the car when he made an evasive maneuver to avoid rear-ending another vehicle.

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

"From there, we're still trying to figure out exactly what happened," said Conner, who said an accident reconstructionist assessed the scene.

Guassardo's body came to rest about 100 feet 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 and the vehicle's 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 happened.

Police ask anyone with information about the accident to call police at 301-739-2101.

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