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Sixty Foot Road A Danger In Pittsville

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PITTSVILLE, Md. – A two-car accident in Pittsville last night killed one man and sent two more to the hospital. State police say 55 year-old Hugh Gingery, of Snow Hill, was driving a van on southbound Sixty Foot Road, when he failed to stop at a stop sign, and collided with a pickup truck headed east on Mount. Hermon Road.

Gingery was ejected from the van and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver and passenger of the pickup truck, 40-year old Jeffery Dean and a  5-year old boy, respectively, were taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The fatal accident has members of the community questioning the safety of area roads, specifically Sixty Foot Road. The road has numerous intersections with busier thoroughfares, most of which are marked not by traffic signals, but by stop signs.

"That's what it usually is. In fact I got a close call at sixty foot road because of that, someone not stopping. I was barely able to avoid them," said Ryan Walsh, who works at a Pittsville liquor store by a busy intersection.

Police say that in cases of failing to stop at stop signs, driver error is usually to blame.

Thursday's accident happened only about a mile from where Deputy State's Attorney Sam Vincent lost his life in an accident in 2010. That accident happened where U.S. Route 50 and Sixty Foot Road meet. Since his death, the State Highway Administration has taken measures to make the intersection safer. The white "stop bar" on the pavement has been repainted at an angle to provide a wider field of vision for drivers. There are larger stop signs, and yellow reminder signs with clear instructions to stop. Since Vincent's death, that particular intersection has had no fatal accidents.

Police say alcohol may have been a factor in Thursday's accident, but are awaiting autopsy results to confirm.

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