An early-morning car crash claimed the lives of Paul M. Grasham and Andrew S. Hann, two recent high-school graduates from northern Baltimore County who had been close friends since elementary school.
The two, both 18, were in a 1987 Nissan Sentra on their way home from a party when their car, driven by Mr. Grasham, went out of control about 1 a.m. Friday and crashed into a utility pole near York and Kaufman roads in Parkton.
Both Mr. Grasham and Mr. Hann died instantly, investigators said. The pole snapped from the impact, police said.
Mr. Grasham, who lived in the 20000 block of Keeney Mill Road in Freeland, apparently was driving at a "high rate of speed," said Baltimore County Police Sgt. Thomas McLewee. The posted speed limit on York Road is 45 mph.
Mr. Hann lived in the 2900 block of Kidd's Schoolhouse Road in Parkton,
Since graduating early last month from Hereford High School, both young men had been enjoying the summer before starting more serious pursuits, relatives said yesterday.
"They visited each other a lot and ran around together a good bit of the time," said Mr. Hann's father, Russell R. Hann Jr.
Kathleen M. Ross, Mr. Grasham's mother, said: "They had been friends for a long time and frequently were out together."
Her son had been working as a carpenter for Lawson Construction Co. and intended to study law enforcement at Harford Community College in the fall, she said. Mr. Grasham had been on the Hereford varsity wrestling team all through high school.
Mr. Grasham had an "incredible sense of humor" and loved to play practical jokes, especially on her, his mother said. "He could always make me laugh, no matter how down I was."
Mr. Hann called his son an aspiring singer who longed for a spot in a local rock-and-roll band like his brother, Rusty.
"He taught himself and wanted to follow in Rusty's footsteps," said Mr. Hann. "Andy would sing with his friends whenever he got the chance."
Mr. Hann said he still plays a videotape of his son singing at a Hereford High assembly two years ago.
Father and son also restored motorbikes together and often drove into Eastern Pennsylvania to ride.
"He never raced competitively; he just liked to ride," said Mr. Hann. "We always worked on the bikes ourselves." The father worked late Thursday. When he returned home, he found a note from his son.
"He was due to start a job Saturday," said Mr. Hann. "I didn't get a chance to talk to him about it."
The younger Mr. Hann was a member of Gunpowder Baptist Church.
Services for Mr. Hann will be held at 3 p.m. today at the J. J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 Second St., New Freedom, Pa.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his mother, Joyce Ann Heiss Miller, of Parkton; two brothers, Russell B. Hann and Timothy E. Hann, also of Parkton; his paternal grandparents, Mary Lou and Russell R. Hann Sr. of Burgess, Va., and his maternal grandmother, Evelyn R. Heiss of Upperco.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Grasham will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Grace Church, 18310 Middletown Road, Parkton.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Grasham is survived by his stepfather, William L. Ross, of Parkton; his father and stepmother, Michael and Susan C. Grasham of Street; a sister, Erin E. Grasham of Freeland; two brothers, Brendan W. Ross and Alex J. Ross, both of Freeland; his paternal grandparents, Cecil E. and Faye E. Grasham of Street, and his maternal grandparents, William W. and Patty Campbell of Bel Air.
Contributions in Mr. Grasham's memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 10616 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley 21030.