A St. Mary's County man and his teen-age son were killed several miles from their home in Charlotte Hall yesterday morning when their car was hit by a speeding vehicle driven by a 14-year-old boy, state police reported.
A second son of the dead motorist was critically injured in the accident at 7:40 a.m. on Route 5 in Helen, about eight miles north of Leonardtown.
Police did not release the name of the 14-year-old, who was driving his father's Thunderbird. He was released from St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown after treatment of cuts and bruises.
Police said they would turn the case over to the state's attorney's office for review.
Investigators said that Edward L. Holton, 49, of Route 5 in Charlotte Hall, was driving a 1984 Isuzu sedan north on Route 5, also known as Waldorf-Leonardtown Road, when the 1986 Thunderbird crossed the double line near Marion Drive. The Isuzu overturned and landed in a ditch.
Mr. Holton and his son, Samuel Aaron Holton, 16, a passenger in the back seat, were taken to St. Mary's Hospital, where they HTC were pronounced dead about two hours after the accident.
Wilson Vernon Holton, 17, a passenger in the front seat, was flown to the Med Star shock trauma center outside Washington, where he was in serious condition last night.
All three victims were trapped and had to be cut out of the Isuzu.
The posted speed limit at the scene of the accident is 50 mph. Investigators said that the Thunderbird came out of a curve at a high rate of speed, went out of control and skidded before smashing into the Holtons' vehicle.
K? "Both vehicles are pretty well mangled up," a trooper said.