Double Fatal Accident In Pocomoke City

Double Fatal Accident In Pocomoke City

There are 47 comments on the WMDT-TV Salisbury story from Aug 31, 2008, titled Double Fatal Accident In Pocomoke City. In it, WMDT-TV Salisbury reports that:

Around 10:00 AM on Sunday, residents witnessed a sight rarely seen in the Pocomoke area.

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#21 Sep 3, 2008
What is the speed limit on Business Route 13 and Route 1?

United States

#22 Sep 3, 2008
Previous question question should have said Route 13.
luanne m

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#23 Sep 4, 2008
You have no idea just how much pain, heartfelt sorrow and anguish this horrific accident has caused the family of Jane. Jane was profoundly loved by her family and my heart breaks for all of them, but especially for Steve who cherish's his parents and always fnds the good in things and people - until now, there is nothing good about this.

Trenton, NJ

#24 Sep 4, 2008
Cistercian priest and Freehold woman killed in car accident

9/4/2008 •

An accident in Pocomoke City, Md., the morning of Aug. 31 claimed the lives of Cistercian Father Teclezghi Ucbaghiorghis of Mount Laurel, and Jane Kern of Freehold. Two other women from the Freehold area, Mary Ann E.

Gillette and Dianne Barber were injured in the two-car crash, according to a police report issued by Pocomoke City Police Department.

Father Ucbaghiorghis was a priest in residence at the Cistercian monastery located adjacent to St. John Neumann Parish, where he also assisted. Assigned as director of vocations for his religious order, he was also involved in catechesis, prayer groups and Bible study, as well as pastoral ministry to the Eritrean Catholic community throughout the region.

Bishop John M. Smith, upon learning of the accident stated:“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic accident that took place in Maryland on Sunday morning, August 31, which claimed the life both of Father Teclezghi Ucbaghiorghis and Jane Kern of Freehold. Automobile accidents are always tragic, but especially when the victims are people we know personally. We share the sorrow of all the families affected and with the Cistercian community at St. John Neumann Parish, where Father Ucbaghiorghis ministered. We will continue to pray to almighty God for the recovery of those injured in this accident and will offer our prayers for all those who were impacted.”

According to his religious community, Father Ucbaghiorghis had been on one of his monthly trips to the area to offer sacramental ministry to Eritreans in the Baltimore-Washington area. He was also scheduled to preside at a wedding ceremony that day.

According to the police report, Father Ucbaghiorghis died on the scene of the accident while the three passengers in the other car were transported to a nearby hospital. Kern died enroute to the hospital.

Father Ucbaghiorghis was born in Eritrea in 1949, and was ordained a Cistercian priest in 1978. He has spent the past 11 years serving in the monastery in Mount Laurel.

As of press time, funeral arrangements for Father Ucbaghiorghis were incomplete.

Readers are asked to check the St. John Neumann Parish website for further details at or look to next week’s Monitor for a full obituary.


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Piscataway, NJ

#25 Sep 4, 2008
What a terrible tragedy. Janie (who was the front seat passenger killed in this accident) was a good friend to me and to literally hundreds of others. God rest her soul - she will be sorely missed here on earth. Thank you to the rescuers who did what they could to save her and the others.

Mount Laurel, NJ

#26 Sep 4, 2008
I am deeply saddened by all the victims and sadness of this horrific accident.
I have been ministered to by this priest in my life and knew him as one of the greatest priests
I had ever known.
This is a very big tragedy for all.
I pray for all.

Charles Town, WV

#27 Sep 4, 2008
jim wrote:
i hope they have the blood alcohol results of the driver of the mitsubishi too
hey you should know this priest and
then say someting go and read about his life
story what a great man.nothing else to say and no
more words what a loss.

Lancaster, WI

#28 Sep 5, 2008
Brenda wrote:
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i just read about Teclezgi Ucbaghiorghis online---- how much even more sad that he was such a lovely man also---a fine Christian monk/preist... Such sadness

Yes it is sad, he had just married a couple the day before, and was on his way to give mass, i believe in New Jersey. I am going to miss him. It is also sad about the lady in the other car, my heart goes out to he family.

Orlando, FL

#29 Sep 6, 2008
Jane Kern left behind a husband, three children, grandchildren, and many friends. She belonged to the NJ Chapter F Gold Wing Road Riders Association along with my parents. You can view their website message and photos of Jane here:

Please keep her, her family, the other two woman she was traveling with as well as the priest and his family in your prayers.

Robert Muir, can you please send me the pictures you took at the scene? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

[email protected]

Orlando, FL

#30 Sep 6, 2008
Also, here is a webpage Jane made herself in 1999 about how she started riding a motorcyle:

and her obituary in the Asbury Park Press in NJ:

Dunedin, FL

#31 Sep 7, 2008
Jen, you are absoutely correct about this senseless loss. Jane had over 200 thousand safe miles riding on a motorcycle. There will be a big hole in F Troop. She was one of me & my husbands greatest supporters when we were Chpt. Direct. & Asst Dist Direct. Her loss has been felt throughout the states as she traveled to many motorcycle rallies and made friends every where she went. We could not be in NJ for her services to be with our extended family but her loss is greatly felt no less.
Jennifer wrote:
Also, here is a webpage Jane made herself in 1999 about how she started riding a motorcyle:
and her obituary in the Asbury Park Press in NJ:
luanne m

United States

#32 Sep 10, 2008
This tragedy has sparked so much emotion and it will for years to come, as Jane will be sorely missed. It is times like this that you are supposed to look to your faith they say, well I can't understand for the life of me why the church has not once reached out to any of the family members that have been scarred by the driver of a vehicle who allegedly ran a red light and who was a priest. The reason is uncomprehensive since they are suposed to be healers and support. Now that suspicion is pointing their way, they have gone silent and are no where to be found. Jane was very involved in her local church and she would be so disappointed to learn of their uncaring dismissive behavior. Makes me scratch my head.


#33 Sep 11, 2008
the website for the pocomoke maryland volunteer fire department has 3 pages of pictures on it.

good close up of all the cars, and you can see see huge flames of fire on the buick, if you look closely


#34 Sep 12, 2008
lew- for the priest the speed limit was zero-- he blasted through the stop sign at 50mph without even slowing dow.

Wilmington, DE

#35 Sep 15, 2008
Dear Luanne,
No need to scratch your head.....our whole community is devastated by the tragic loss and injury of ALL involved. You may view this website for further proof that Jane, MaryAnne, Diane and their families are by no means forgotten.
For people who did not know our beloved Fr. Teclezghi, I guess it's easy to assume the worst about him and the accident....however, this is the furthest thing from the truth. He was and will always be a great, great man. He was so holy and devoted. He healed and helped thousands of people his whole life, from all over the world....that is one of the reasons why this whole accident is too much to comprehend. It was in every aspect of the word, an "accident". Unfortunately, we will never know the whole story or reason as to why and how this could have happened. Only God knows at this point. Fr. Teclezghi would have never, ever hurt or harmed anyone (including himself) on purpose. Again, this is what makes this accident so much more tragic and horrific and hard to accept and understand. We will continue to pray everyday for all the people involved and for their families and friends. No one will ever be forgotten.


#36 Sep 16, 2008
While I would have expected the Catholic Church to turn its backs on the victims, because simply is it a business, big business,...... I still fell like nothing about this is right.

Last time I FELT ABONANDED LIKE THIS WAS WHEN MY very close FRIEND OF OVER 20 YEARS, WHO LIVES NEARBY, TOLD ME HE ahe couldnt take 2 hours out of a saturday, 6 years ago, to be with me at my dad's funeral service, because he had a pile of woodchips being delivered.

when it somes down to it, not even close friends really mean anything.

It is all about family.

And that is why I am so upset really I guess, because I love my mom dearly.


#37 Sep 16, 2008
it is probably not like that for everyone, i am sure most people have a lot of very close friends that they can count on to be there, and visa versa,....
it is just my own personal experiences have skewed my thoughts on this,.....

my mom's friends were are are very dear to her.

maybe i just expect too much,.....

maybe i expect the same love my mom gives her friends and gets back from her friends, to be commonplace among all friends of people.

what happened was a devastating catostrophic accident.

I just need to work with my family on getting my mom back, alive.


#38 Sep 16, 2008
william--- the article you posted is not entirely correct--- because there is no way anyone can know what the police report reads, because it simply has not been signed off on by the attorney general yet, especially not on the 4th.

however, there is no report yet.

by looks of the accident, and the personal accounts i have, he not only blew the stop sign, he blew it at 50mph, didnt even slow down.


#39 Sep 16, 2008
luanne, it is not suspicion pointing at the catholic church,... it is their fault, and their responsibility.....
all the police accounts in the various articles all say the priest blew through the stop sign, failed to even slow down,..... on a crossroad, trying to crossover 4 lanes of major highway,....
these are qwuotes from police spokespeople.

he just drove right into it, head on.

their are a wide range of emotions from all the victims and their familes, of Father T's negligence.


#40 Sep 16, 2008
joanne-- how great a man he was does not mitigate his negligence.
A wisconsin jury awarded a 82 year old man 17 million, upheld on appeal, in 2005,... because a volunteer of a volunteer group, that sometimes meets at the local parish, ran a red light and caused a catostophic accident----- the Catholic Diocese was held responsible and on the hook for 17 million.

It didnt matter how much volunteer work this person did, or that she wasnt even part of the Diocese.

In this current case, a Priest caused the accident.

No matter how much you want to mitigate the event by talking about what a great man the priest was,... and i am sure he was a great man,.... the fact remains he did this, and he did it with authorization of the Catholic Church.

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