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Maryland Newswatch

May 09, 1991

MARYLAND — Two boys killed in car crash

Two boys were killed and their father was critically injured when the car in which he was driving them to school yesterday was involved in a three-car collision, Montgomery County police said.

John Augustine, 11, and his brother, Joseph Augustine, 12, were dead on arrival at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring following the 8 a.m. accident, police said.

Their father, Paul Augustine, 40, of Silver Spring, was in critical condition today at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, police said.

According to police, Paul Augustine was driving a Ford Taurus south on U.S. 29 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Crestmoor Drive and was struck broadside by a northbound Pontiac Firebird driven by Scott Alfredo Myers, 20, of Chantilly, Va.

The Ford spun around and crashed into an Audi, police said.

John and Joseph Augustine were in the back seat of their father's car and were not wearing seat belts, police said. John was thrown partially through a rear side window and Joseph was ejected from the car, landing about 40 feet away, police said.

Police said Myers escaped injury when the air bag in his car inflated. The driver of the Audi, Laurence Lee Olson, 49, of Silver Spring, also was not injured.

State Police at Pikesville said the fatalities brought to 184 the number of people killed on Maryland roadways so far this year, compared with 228 at the same time last year.

$5,000 for history program


Thousands of Baltimore students will get a chance to learn more about Maryland history, courtesy of a $5,000 contribution from the women's committee of the Maryland Historical Society.

The contribution represents two years of funding for a program that brings 35 busloads of children each year to the society's museum and library at 201 W. Monument St.

Under the 11-year-old program, the society provides $2,500 each year for field trips. To date, the program has provided tours for more than 21,000 students.

The society's women's committee this week presented a check from its Feb. 22 fund-raiser to officials from the society and the school system.

They included Charles T. Lyle, director of the Maryland Historical Society; Judy Van Dyke, the society's director of education; Samuel L. Banks, director of instructional support for city schools; and Mary Radcliffe, of the schools' Bureau of Instruction.

Woman's survivors sue doctor


A Glen Burnie woman went into a coma and died 11 months later because a doctor misdiagnosed her illness, the woman's family charges in a lawsuit.

Gloria Johnson, 32, died in August 1987 after Dr. Ram Rastogi misdiagnosed the cause of her abdominal pain, according to the lawsuit filed by the woman's mother, Maggie Bell Davis, and 16-year-old son, Sterling.

Rastogi declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The doctor treated Johnson for nervousness, hyperacidity and constipation, but she really had a tubo-ovarian abscess and a small bowel obstruction, the lawsuit charges.

The suit was filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court because Rastogi disputed an earlier decision by a state Health Claims Arbitration Panel requiring him to pay $1.1 million, said Howard A. Janet, a lawyer for Johnson's family.

The panel consisted of a doctor, a lawyer and lay person.

The panel's chairman later reduced the award to $926,730. The family will ask for a larger award, Janet said.

Two days after Johnson saw Rastogi in September 1986, she returned, saying her pain and swelling had gotten worse, the suit says. Another doctor examined her and she had emergency surgery at North Arundel Hospital.

Doctors at North Arundel discovered the abscess had ruptured. Three days later she went into a coma, and 11 months later she died.

3rd grave-robbing arrest

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a third youth for digging up at least two graves in a Harmans cemetery for the purpose of robbing them.

The youths, 14, 15 and 16, have been charged as juveniles with removing dead bodies without authority, a misdemeanor, police

said. The grave robbing occurred last Friday and Saturday, police said.

Police arrested the two younger boys Monday and the third youth yesterday.

The first two boys were arrested after one took home a skull, alarming his mother. She then called police.

Lt. Michael Fitzgibbons of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said the robbery was an attempt to find jewelry, not bones.

After charges, the boys were released in the custody of their parents pending action by juvenile authorities.

July in England

July in England: Anne Arundel Community College is offering landscape artists the opportunity to develop their skills in England this summer.

A special landscape painting course is being offered July 1-21. Participants will stay near the medieval town of Arundel at the British campus of New England College. Painting locations will include Bosham, Arundel Castle, Swanbourne Lake and the Seven Sisters area in southern England. Day trips to galleries and museums in London are also planned.

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