A driver and two teen-age passengers were killed last night when their speeding car ran off the road and crashed head-on into a tree near Harrisonville in the Liberty Road area, Baltimore County police said.
One of the passengers, an 18-year-old Reisterstown woman, had been involved in a drunken-driving accident three months ago when the car in which she was riding ran into a back yard in Reisterstown and killed a 3-year-old boy, police said.
Police said the accident that killed Jennifer Jones, of the first block of Trout Brook Circle, also was alcohol-related.
Police said Jones was a passenger July 8 when a car struck Ryan Garth Davis Shanahan as he played in his back yard in the 100 block of Timber Grove Road. The driver in that accident, Amy Bolte, 20, is to go on trial Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court on charges of automobile manslaughter.
In last night's accident, the other fatalities were identified as Lucius Hardwick 3rd, 22, of the first block of Clarks Road in Reisterstown, the driver; and Caprice Mossner, 14, also of the first block of Trout Brook Circle.
A fourth occupant of the car, Terrance Lilly, 17, of the 300 block of Bentley Park Lane in Reisterstown, was taken to Sinai Hospital. Lilly, who was listed in stable condition, was to be released from the hospital today.
Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Doarnberger said the accident is believed to have been alcohol related. Lilly told police investigators that when Hardwick, Jones and Mossner picked him up there was an open bottle of wine in the car, Doarnberger said.
Lilly also told police that Hardwick appeared to be intoxicated, Doarnberger said. He said Lilly told police that Hardwick was driving at high speed and Lilly asked him many times to slow down. Lilly also asked Hardwick to let him drive.
Hardwick and Lilly began arguing, and Lilly also argued with Jones, the youth told police. Jones' involvement in the earlier fatal accident was mentioned, Doarnberger said Lilly told police.
Police said Hardwick was speeding north on Deer Park Road near Lyons Mill Road about 7:40 p.m. when he lost control on a curve, ran off the road and crashed head-on into a tree.
Hardwick, Jones and Mossner were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Police said Lilly had been sitting beside the driver and the females were riding in the back seat.
The car, a Chrysler, was bent nearly in half and demolished, police said.
Caprice Mossner was a freshman and a "very popular" junior varsity cheerleader at Franklin Senior High School in Reisterstown, said Franklin principal Kenneth Flickinger.
"She just did a pep rally on Thursday," he said.
Today, a school department crisis response team was at the school to offer counseling and psychological help to Caprice's grief-stricken classmates.
"I think the kids are handling it pretty well," Flickinger said. "We do have a number of youngsters who have gone to school with Caprice for a long time, and they were shocked.