Students grieve for 3 peers killed in car crash

November 18, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Howard County high school students grieved yesterday during counseling sessions held to help them deal with the loss of three friends who died in a car crash early Monday.

Eileen Woodbury, a school psychologist for Mount Hebron High School, said about 40 students had gone to the guidance office by 10:30 a.m. yesterday. Ms. Woodbury is also the county's crisis intervention coordinator.

Students expressed "shock, anger at why this had to happen," Ms. Woodbury said.

Shortly after midnight Monday, Daniel Ross Levy, 15, of High Beam Court in Columbia, lost control of his parents' 1990 GEO Prizm on Route 108, police said.

He swerved, ran into a brick column mailbox, a utility pole and a small red maple tree, and died immediately, police said.

Two passengers, Angela Marie Hall, 14, who lived on Santa Maria Avenue in Highland, and Carrie Rebecca Simmons, 15, who lived on Nestling Pine Court in Ellicott City, died later at area hospitals, police said.

The teen-agers left home without their parents' permission and weren't wearing seat belts, police said.

Daniel studied electronics at the Howard County School of Technology in the mornings and attended Howard High School's Extension Program at Taylor Manor in the afternoons, the program's coordinator said.

Angela was a freshman at Glenelg High School and Carrie was a sophomore at Mount Hebron.

School officials said many students took advantage of the counseling yesterday.

"Some have expressed guilt," Ms. Woodbury said. Students wondered if they had talked to Daniel, they could have prevented the accident, she said.

Funeral services for Daniel Levy will be held at 10 a.m. today at The Meeting House in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia.

Carrie Simmon's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Route 216 in Fulton.

Mass for Angela Hall will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Parish in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Twin Rivers Road.

In recent years, numerous fatal accidents involving teen-agers have occurred in western Howard County or involved students from Glenelg High School or Glenwood Middle School.

This year alone, four Glenelg students, including Angela, have died in accidents.

No one really knows why, but police spokesman Sgt. Gary L. Gardner said that because the western part of the county is rural, that may affect the way teen-agers drive.

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