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Hagerstown man killed in Eastern Blvd. crash

June 12, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man died Friday morning after he lost control of the car he was driving on Eastern Boulevard south of Old Forge Road, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Department press release.

Philip Martin Post II, 28, of 532 Lynnehaven Drive, Apt. 34, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:35 a.m. crash, deputies said.

Post was northbound on Eastern Boulevard in a 2002 Toyota MR2 convertible when the car began spinning and went into the southbound lane, where it collided with a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Riley Bitner III, deputies said.

Bitner, of 21314 Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown, did not require medical treatment at the scene, deputies said.

Deputies said their preliminary investigation determined speed and road conditions contributed to the accident.

The road was slick Friday morning after overnight rain and morning dew, Deputy Michael Broas said Friday afternoon.

Broas said he believed Post was on his way to work.

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The road was closed in the area of the accident until Friday about 9 a.m.

The accident occurred along a stretch of road near that was featured in a story that ran in Thursday's Herald-Mail. In that story, Jeffrey Spickler described Eastern Boulevard in the area of the Hagerstown YMCA as a "fatality waiting to happen."

"I live here and have to navigate it every day," Spickler said Friday morning.

Spickler said he was leaving for work about 7:30 a.m. when he saw the accident and walked to the scene. He could tell by the mood of the rescue people it was a serious accident, he said.

Traffic in the area has significantly increased since Spickler moved there in 1992, he said.

Spickler recently conducted an e-mail campaign to alert the Washington County Commissioners, state legislators and others about conditions at the intersection of Eastern Boulevard and Chartridge Drive, across from the entrance to the YMCA.

His efforts prompted a Washington County traffic engineer to recommend several changes, including a reduced speed limit on that stretch of Eastern Boulevard and a restriction on left turns onto Eastern Boulevard from Chartridge Drive during rush hour, The Herald-Mail reported Thursday.

Washington County Sheriff's Department records show there was one crash at the intersection each year in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said.

Spickler disputed that figure, saying in the last five years, he has seen at least six accidents on that stretch of the road.


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