Dangerous Intersection Worries School Officials, Parents

March 03, 1991|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

School officials say the site of an accident Friday involving three Centennial High School juniors has long been a source of concern to parents and school administrators.

The school has been documenting the number of accidents that have occurred on the portion of Centennial Lane outside the school, a busy road with poor visibility in sections.

"It's become an increasingly dangerous place," said Patti P. Vierkant, spokesman for the public school system. She said there have been "several" accidents at the intersection.

The most recent accident occurred Friday morning and involved a car carrying three Centennial students on their way to school.

At press time Friday night, twoof the students remained in critical condition, one of them on life support systems.

Police say that at about 8 a.m. Andrea Barlow, Jodi Meitl and Theresa Tadros, all 16, were at a stop sign in a Honda Accord at the intersection of Waterford Drive and Centennial Lane, across from the school.

Police said the Honda, driven by Andrea, pulled into the path of

a pickup truck traveling north on Centennial Laneand struck the Honda broadside as it crossed the intersection.

Andrea, of the 3800 block of Font Hill Drive, and Jodi, of the 10000 block of Galahad Court, were both taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Theresa, of the 10000 block of Moss Gate Court, was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released Friday afternoon.

The driver of the pickup truck, Larry Hilton, 37, of the 6600 block of Pirch Way in Baltimore, was not injured, police said.

Police have cited no one in the accident and said it remains under investigation.

All three students are active in Centennial sports andstudent government.

Andrea, a member of the National Honor Society, played on the varsity volleyball team this year. She is a member of the Student Government Association and the Junior Class Board. She also served as an assistant in the county Special Olympics for special education students.

Jodi played softball in her freshman and sophomore years and this year is captain of Centennial's varsity team. She was

named The Howard County Sun's 1989 Player of the Year in her freshman year, throwing five no-hitters that season.

She played on the junior varsity volleyball team and serves on the Junior Class Board and the Student Government Association. Jodi is also serving an internship in the county school system's communications department.

Theresa belongs to the Student Government Association and the EcologyClub. She participates in Students Helping Other People, a drug education program.

In the past four months Centennial has had more than its share of tragedy.

Junior Ronald E. Chase, 16, was killed in an Oct. 12 two-car collision in Columbia as he and two friends headedto Georgetown for a movie.

Centennial football player Brian Reid suffered a ruptured spleen, intestinal damage and contusions to the chest in an Oct. 21 auto accident.

"It's upsetting to every parent," said Centennial PTSA member Lynn Benton of Friday's accident. "We've had a number of students hospitalized and we lost one of our students last fall, so this is especially painful."

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