Crash kills Harford student, 17 5 others injured in auto collision

March 10, 1992

An Edgewood High School student was killed and four other students were injured in a car crash last night in Abingdon on their way to a Harford County school board meeting to receive academic honors.

The driver of the other car in the collision was also injured.

At the end of the board meeting at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air, George D. Lisby, its president, asked for a moment of silence.

Killed was Robert Walls Jr., 17, of Brooks Avenue in Abingdon, who had been driving the other four students to the meeting where they and others were to receive awards as members of an academic team.

The Walls car, northbound on Long Bar Harbor Road, entered U.S. 40 and was struck at 6:25 p.m. on the left side by an eastbound car driven by Charles Lawson III, 25, of Churchville, according to Tfc. Darryl M. Collins of the state police.

The younger driver was dead at the scene. Mr. Lawson was treated for facial and head injuries at Fallston General Hospital.

Keith Daw, 17, of Sweetbay Drive in Edgewood and Matthew McMahon, 17, of East Baker Avenue in Abingdon were both in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Robert Schimmel, 17, of East Baker Avenue and Kevin Poznaniak, 15, of Palmetto Drive, Edgewood, were treated for lesser injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

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