Five persons died in traffic accidents in Maryland and Virginia late Thursday and early yesterday, bringing the area's holiday traffic death toll to eight.
A 45-year-old Rockville man became Maryland's fourth Thanksgiving traffic fatality when the car in which he was riding collided head-on with another vehicle in Riva, Md.
Ronald Connolly died shortly before midnight Thursday of injuries suffered when a car driven by Evelyn Davis, 41, of Davidsonville, Md., crossed into the path of the car in which Connolly was a passenger. Anne Arundel police charged Davis with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right of center.
A two-car crash earlier in the day claimed the life of an 82-year-old New Jersey woman and seriously injured two Marylanders.
The Thursday afternoon collision in Queen Anne's County killed Elizabeth Stout, of Ventnor, N.J., and hospitalized the driver of the car in which she was riding, James Boak, 23, of Annapolis. He remains in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The driver of the second car, Jessie Hall, 27, of Millington, also is in critical condition at the center.
Two other persons died in separate head-on collisions in Maryland on Thanksgiving eve.
Virginia's holiday death toll rose to four, following a 3:23 a.m. accident yesterday on Rte. 33 in Middlesex in which Cedric Vincent Sutherlin, 27, was killed.
Police said Sutherlin, of Saluda, was dead at the scene after his car ran off the road, struck a utility pole and slammed into a tree.
Stanley George, 50, of Great Falls, and Meredith Christ, 33, of McLean were killed in a two-car crash on Rte. 15 in Loudoun County about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
Another single-car accident early Thursday took the life of a Chesterfield County woman.
No fatal accidents have been reported in the District of Columbia during the holiday period.