Three young men from Charles County in Southern Maryland were killed there early yesterday when their car ran off a road and into a wooded area, state police said.
Police said Jason T. Pasternak, 22, of Clinton Court in Waldorf was driving. The others who were killed were Mark E. Ryon Jr., 20, of Ann Harbor Drive in Port Tobacco and Nicholas R. Falco III, 22, of Clarks Run Road in La Plata, police said.
Two other passengers were injured when the car went out of control shortly after midnight in the Pomfret area on Bensville Road, police said. They were identified as Shawn M. Burnette, 19, of Ann Harbor Drive and Kevin D. Jobe, 21, of Redwood Circle in La Plata.
Pasternak had worked for the past seven years at Ledo Pizza in La Plata and had risen from dishwasher to be a manager, according to manager and part-owner Jimmy Sites.
"He was a great guy," Sites said. "He was a great guy. He was the kind of person who would do anything for you. He used to work mad hours, just to help out."
Falco also had worked at the restaurant, Sites said. "They were all great guys."
An aunt of Ryon's called him an outgoing, wonderful person who was "very well liked" and had "tons of friends."
The aunt, Bonnie Gunnell, said Ryon worked for his parents at a towing business.
She said hundreds of people already had called at the family home. "It's just devastating," she said.
As she understood it, Gunnell said, Ryon and the others in the car were on their way home. She said she believed that they had pizza at Ledo at some point during the evening.
Sites, the pizza shop manager, said Pasternak had helped cover a manager's shift at Ledo on Saturday night.
State police said their preliminary investigation indicated that Pasternak was headed south on Bensville Road in a 2003 red Mitsubishi Lancer. Before reaching Camelot Drive, the auto ran off the road about 12:12 a.m. and came to rest in a wooded area, police said.
Pasternak and Ryon, who was in the front passenger's seat, were trapped in the vehicle along with Falco, who was in the right rear passenger seat.
Pasternak and Ryon were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
They said Falco was extricated and flown by helicopter to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he died.
Burnette and Jobe, who were also in the rear seat, were flown by helicopter to a hospital in Baltimore, where they were in stable condition yesterday, police said.