Sgt. James F. Martin, 38, a Washington area resident for the past 30 years who had served on the U.S. Capitol Police force since 1969, was killed early Friday in a head-on collision on Route 3 near Route 450 in Prince George's County.

A Maryland State Police spokesman said the collision occured after Sgt. Martin, who was driving southbound, made a left-hand turn into the northbound lane of Route 3 and struck another vehicle which was traveling north. The sergeant and two other men in the second car, the driver, Louis Edward Roberts, 33, of Hyattsville and his passenger, Carlton B. Hines, 29, of Bowie, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Martin, who lived in New Carrollton, was born in Jersey City, N.J. He attended Linton Hall in Leonardtown, Md., and Woodrow Wilson High School here. He graduated from the Emerson Institute in Washington, and attended the University of Maryland, Montgomery College and the FBI Academy.

He had served as a Capitol Police sergeant since 1974.

Sgt. Martin was a member of the Chillum Castle Masonic Lodge No. 186, the Scottish Rite and the Orbital Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Gloria Manoukian and a son, David. N., both of New Carrollton; his mother, Betty Martin McQueen of Bethesda, and a sister, JoAnn McQueen of Cardiff, Calif.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the James F. Martin Memorial Fund, c/o Maryland Federal Savings and Loan, 8490 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, 20784.