Father's warnings to son on speeding prove in vain

January 28, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Since Brian Michael Brazil became old enough to drive 2 1/2 years ago, his father, Michael William Brazil, had warned him of the dangers of speeding.

Yesterday, after a Saturday night accident in which his 18-year-old son was killed when he drove off Route 3 in Millersville at high speed, Mr. Brazil was warning others.

"If there's a message here it's, 'Speed kills,' " Mr. Brazil said.

Brian Brazil left the road at 10:41 p.m. Saturday and rolled his father's 1986 Buick into a ditch, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Police said a passenger in the car, John Robert Pumphrey, 17, of the 900 block of Oakdale Circle, was also killed. A second passenger, James Edward Campbell, 20, of the 1500 block of Wampanoag Drive in Severn was reported in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a spokesman said.

Mr. Brazil lamented yesterday that, despite his warnings, his son had received two speeding tickets.

"He was a good kid and a great son. He treated adults with respect. It's a shame he had to waste his life like this," the father said.

Mr. Brazil said his son, a 1990 graduate of Old Mill High School, had joined the Navy and was scheduled to begin training Feb. 12.

County police said Brian Brazil was southbound on Route 3 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his car while attempting to turn right onto a ramp for Benfield Boulevard.

The car went off the left side of the road and into a large ditch where it struck an embankment and then continued rolling up a hill, police said. They could not say last night how fast the car was traveling.

Brian Brazil is also survived by his mother, the former Linda C. Wakefield, and a 23-year-old sister, Michelle Downey.

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