Two Dead in Bay Bridge Mishaps

Three people went over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in three separate incidents last week, and two of them died. Maryland Transportation Authority officials say 70-year-old former sports journalist Harry Blauvelt drowned after his disabled car was struck by a truck. Officials say 64-year-old Enos Hutton Sage crashed his truck into Blauvelt’s car, which pushed Blauvelt into the water. Authorities say Sage is cooperating in the investigation and they advise motorists with car problems in most cases to stay in their vehicles.

Two other people apparently jumped from the bridge in separate incidents. A man was taken to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he plunged 180 feet into the Chesapeake Bay. A third person was pulled from the water after jumping from the bridge and was pronounced dead at the Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was former Maryland state trooper John David Stringfellow, 38, of Salisbury who lived and worked in Easton until 2005. Stringfellow, a passenger in a car headed on the western span, jumped from the bridge’s highest point, about 180 feet above the Bay. Maryland Transportation Authority Cpl. Jonathan Green said a preliminary investigation did not indicate foul play.