Twenty-three people died on Virginia and Maryland roads during the first two days of the Labor Day weekend, equaling the total number of fatalities for both states during the 1979 weekend, according to state police.
Two triple fatalities claimed the lives of six area persons Saturday in separate collisions, one in Prince William County and one in Frederick, Md.
Virginia State police said three people were killed on U.S. 1, two miles north of Virginia 234 in Prince William County when their vehicle ran off the road and struck a telephone pole. The victims were identified as Robert C. Troxell, 20, and Timothy Lee Rison, 19, both of Dumfries, and Leslie C. Klinger, 26, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from Spring Valley, N.Y.
Maryland State Police said three Frederick, Md. residents were killed Saturday afternoon and a fourth remains in critical condition after a two-car collision on Gashouse Pike, three miles east of Frederick.
Dwight Leo Rice, 28, and a passenger, Melvin Ray Wachter, Jr., 21, were killed instantly when Rice's car crossed the center line at high speed and collided with a car driven by Basil L. Eavey, 54, police said. Eavey and his wife Helen, a passenger in the car, were flown to a shock trauma unit in Baltimore where Helen Eavey died several hours later, according to police. Her husband remained in critical condition yesterday.
Montgomery County police reported that 17-year Wayne Wesley Bodner of Beaullsville was killed early yesterday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on a Darnestown road and collided head-on with a trash truck. Police said Bodner died instantly of massive head injuries.
In Maryland, the death toll yesterday was nine persons, equaling the number killed over the entire 1979 Labor Day weekend. In Virginia, traffic accidents had claimed the lives of 14 persons, also the total number of fatalities for the 1979 weekend.