Del. woman killed, three injured in crash near Antietam Battlefield

May 06, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • A Dodge Diplomat, in foreground, was one of the three vehicles involved in Thursday morning's fatal accident on Md. 65 near the Antietam National Battlefield visitors center.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG -- A 21-year-old Delaware woman was killed and three Washington County residents were injured in two related accidents involving three vehicles early Thursday near the entrance to Antietam National Battlefield on Md. 65.

Danielle R. Paikin, 21, of Newark, Del., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly after 1 a.m., Maryland State Police said.

The other two occupants of the car in which Paikin was riding, driver Lauren Dwyer, 21, and Joseph W. Dwyer, 25, both of Clear Spring, were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma unit in Baltimore, Maryland State Police Lt. David Kloos said.

Lauren Dwyer was listed in serious but stable condition and Joseph Dwyer was listed in critical but stable condition Friday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The 1993 Buick Century carrying Paikin and the Dwyers was heading north when it collided head-on with a 1982 Dodge Diplomat that was being driven by William J. Turner, 20, of Sharpsburg, state police said.


The force of the crash caused the Buick to come to rest across the roadway, police said. Troopers said they believe that a short time later, a northbound 2000 Nissan Maxima driven by Cory S. Kuczynski, 25, of Williamsport, struck the side of the Buick.

Kuczynski was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment. He was not listed as a patient Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Turner was not injured seriously enough to be taken to a hospital, Kloos said.

Authorities said the cause of the crashes had not been identified and no charges had been filed by Thursday afternoon.

Troopers said in a press release that they would forward their investigation to the Washington County State's Attorney's Office for review and consultation concerning charges.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, the flame-damaged Diplomat remained in a ditch along the side of the road. The scorched vehicle left burn marks on the grass in the ditch. The front end of the Century was crushed and the top was ripped off.

Debris from the cars was strewn across the roadway.

The Maryland State Police CRASH Team responded to the scene and was conducting a detailed crash reconstruction, state police said.

Hours after the wreck, traffic was still being diverted through the battlefield onto Dunker Church Road and Starke Avenue. The road was reopened at 8:55 a.m., police said.

The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. responded to the accident shortly after it occurred.

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