Two Edgewood High School students were killed and three other students were injured in a car crash last night in Abingdon while on their way to a Harford County school board meeting to receive academic honors.
At the end of last night's school board meeting at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air, board president George D. Lisby asked for a moment of silence.
Killed was Robert Walls Jr., 17, of the 3400 block of Brooks Ave. in Abingdon, who had been driving the other four students to the meeting.
Also killed was Kevin Poznaniak, 15, of the 300 block of Palmetto Drive, Edgewood, who was seated in the back seat of young Walls' car.
The Walls car, northbound on Long Bar Harbor Road, entered U.S. 40 and was struck at 6:25 p.m. on the driver's 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.
Police said young Poznaniak died later at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.
Mr. Lawson was treated for facial and head injuries at Fallston General Hospital and released.
A passenger in Mr. Lawson's car, Stephanie Schere, 28, also of Churchville, was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was in serious condition today.
Two other passengers in Walls' car, Keith Daw, 17, of Sweetbay Drive in Edgewood, and Matthew McMahon, 17, of East Baker Avenue in Abingdon, were both in serious condition at Shock-Trauma.
The other passenger, Robert Schimmel, 17, also of East Baker Avenue in Edgewood, was treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.
In Frederick County, State Police said Patricia A. Bernarding, of the 5600 block of Glenrock Drive in Frederick, was driving a 1985 Toyota north on Md. 85 about 12:30 p.m. when she crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming truck driven by Richard L. Williams, 45, of Abbottstown, Pa.
The impact drove her car back into the northbound lane where it was struck in the rear by a van driven by Thomas L. Lamberson, 36, of Somerset, Pa.
Police said Mrs. Bernarding, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene; Mr. Williams was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released; Mr. Lamberson was not injured.