A 17-year-old high school senior who was an honor student and outstanding athlete was killed yesterday in a head-on collision near her school in Damascus, according to officials.
The police said that Tammy M. Tesar of the first block of Garfield Court, Woodfield, may have fallen asleep at the wheel of her 1984 Toyota Tercel.
She was driving northbound on Route 27 near Bloom Drive in Damascus just before 11 a.m. when her car veered across the center line of the road and struck head-on a 1990 Jeep Cherokee driven by Christine Jordy, 27, of the 26600 block of Ridge Road, Damascus.
Mrs. Jordy was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was reported in critical condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Her two daughters, Michelle, 3, and Kimberly, 2, were taken to the Children's Hospital Center in Washington, where they were reported in fair condition, a spokeswoman said.
The police said the two children escaped serious injury because they were secured in child safety seats.
According to officials at Damascus High School, Miss Tesar's parents had just picked her up at the airport yesterday morning after she returned from a trip to Florida. They said they believed that Miss Tesar was in Florida for the spring break and to look into colleges or universities located there.
Ann B. Burrill, an assistant principal at Damascus High School, said Miss Tesar had already been accepted at York College of Pennsylvania, where she was to major in marine biology, but may have been looking at other possibilities.
"She was a very active young lady and an outstanding student," Mrs. Burrill said.
The assistant principal said that Miss Tesar ranked 10th in her class academically, was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the student government, chairperson of the drug awareness committee, had received awards for outstanding achievement in mathematics and science and received honorable mention in the Maryland Distinguished Scholarship Award.
In addition she was active in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and softball and had won numerous athletic awards, she said. Aside from her school activities, she worked at a public library and a video store.
School officials notified close friends about the fatal crash before preparing a statement for the rest of the 1,000 students.