Second suit is filed against parents of driver in crash that killed 3 teens

August 21, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

The parents of a 15-year-old Ellicott City girl, killed nearly two years ago in the crash of a car driven by an underage boy, have filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the boy's parents, his estate and insurance company.

The driver of the car and another teen-age girl were also killed in the accident, which occurred shortly after midnight in Highland on Nov. 16, 1992.

Bruce and Danise Simmons, whose daughter Carrie Rebecca Simmons died in the accident, filed the suit in Howard Circuit Court on Aug. 11 against Bert and Carole Levy, their son's estate and United Services Automobile Association.

The parents of the second girl, Angela Marie Hall of Highland, filed a $15 million suit against the Levys, their son's estate and the insurance company last month.

Carrie and Angela were passengers in a car driven by 15-year-old Daniel Ross Levy.

In the lawsuits, the Simmons and Hall families contend that the Levys share responsibility for the accident because they did not prevent their son from taking the keys to their 1990 Geo Prizm several hours before the accident.

The Simmons suit claims that the Levys, of Columbia, bought the car for their son, even though he was too young to drive, lacked a driver's license and was known to be "reckless and irresponsible in the use of motor vehicles."

The Halls also contend in their suit that the Levy youth had taken the car several times before the night of the accident.

But Mrs. Levy said after the Hall suit was filed that she and her husband put an anti-theft device on the steering wheel to prevent their son from taking the car. She said they do not know how Daniel bypassed the device to use the vehicle.

In the accident, Daniel lost control of the car, which veered off the road and struck a brick column mailbox, a utility pole and a tree on Route 108. Daniel, a student at Howard County School of Technology and Howard High School, died immediately.

Angela was a freshman at Glenelg High School and Carrie was a sophomore at Mount Hebron High School. Both died several hours after the accident.

The three young people were not wearing seat belts.

The Simmons and Hall families have requested jury trials for their cases, but no proceedings have been scheduled.

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