New Windsor teen dies after Route 97 accident Jonathan Cox, 19, is 2nd victim

October 07, 1993|By Bill Talbott and Traci A. Johnson

Monday's fatal accident on Route 97 has claimed a second victim.

Jonathan Dana Cox, 19, of the 3700 block of Hawk's Hill Road in New Windsor, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Mr. Cox was driving a 1987 Plymouth south on Route 97 when he crossed the center line and crashed into a northbound 1991 Ford Escort at 1:40 p.m. Monday.

Bridget M. Evans, 75, of the 3400 block of Gaither Road in Randallstown, a passenger in the front seat of the Escort, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Cox was a 1992 graduate of Francis Scott Key High, where he competed on the boys soccer and track teams. He went to the state Class 1A track championships in 1991 and 1992 in his two primary events, the long jump and triple jump. He was a fullback on the soccer team.

"John was a dedicated athlete. His specialty was the triple jump," said John Seaman, who coached Mr. Cox at Key before becoming an assistant principal at Westminster High last year. "He was one of the leading athletes on the team in his event."

Mr. Cox sits next to his coach in the 1992 team picture, a photo of the last of many football and track teams Mr. Seaman coached at the Uniontown school. That picture hangs on the wall in Mr. Seaman's office at Westminster.

"His loss is going to be felt not just by his family, but by everyone in the community in which he lived," Mr. Seaman said.

He described Mr. Cox as a "likable Jonathan D. Coxboy" who was constantly interested in improving himself.

"He would run the pit and was often responsible for running the practices for the younger athletes, helping them to gain more skills," Mr. Seaman said. Jonathan D. Cox "Where other kids might be interested in how they were doing, [Mr. Cox] would be saying, 'Show me how to be better.' "

The driver of the Ford, Doris I. Burucker, 73, who police said lives across the street from Ms. Evans on Gaither Road, remained in critical condition in the Johns Hopkins Hospital trauma center yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A passenger in the Cox car, Adam G. White, 18, of the 1500 block of Conquistador Drive in Westminster, remained in critical condition yesterday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, according to a spokeswoman there. Police said he was sitting in the right front seat.

James M. Trout, 18, of the 1700 block of Keysville Road South in Keysville, was treated in and released from the Carroll County General Hospital. He was sitting in the rear of Mr. Cox's car.

Mr. Trout is a second-year student at Carroll Community College who graduated from Key with Mr. Cox in 1992.

Mr. Trout's father, Robert Trout, said yesterday that his son rode to the Taco Bell on Route 140 with a friend from the community college, but the friend had to go directly from the fast-food restaurant to work. The younger Mr. Trout recognized Mr. Cox, who was at the restaurant with Mr. White, and asked for a ride to his Jeep at the college.

Robert Trout, the father of three boys, said all three have been in serious accidents in the past five years.

James Trout competed on the weightlifting club at Francis Scott Key. He was one of seven at the school who earned a berth in the National Junior Olympics in Rochester, Minn., in 1992, and lifted in the 132-pound class.

Mr. White graduated from Westminster High in 1993. He was a goalie on the boys lacrosse team and was chosen for the All-County Second Team by The Sun sports staff last spring.

Police said he attended Carroll Community College with Mr. Cox and Mr. Trout.

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