Harford teen-ager killed

October 31, 1994|By Scott Higham | Scott Higham,Sun Staff Writer

Two weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Jill Marissa McFaul of Harford County planned to celebrate homecoming night with two of her close classmates Saturday. They left their homes, went to dinner and were traveling to Towson when their car swerved out of control on a foggy road in northeast Baltimore County.

Miss McFaul, sitting in the passenger seat, lost her life. Her two friends were taken to local hospitals.

"We were going to throw her a sweet-16 party," Miss McFaul's father, W. Glen McFaul, said yesterday from his Forrest Hill home in Harford County. "We were going to make a big deal out it. We were going to have all her friends over."

Instead, Mr. McFaul, 49, his wife and their 19-year-old son spent yesterday meeting a funeral home director, making the heart-breaking plans for Miss McFaul's untimely farewell.

Mr. McFaul, a commercial account representative for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said his daughter left home Saturday with Jessica Baker and another friend.

They planned to have dinner, then go to a homecoming party for their school -- C. Milton Wright High in Bel Air.

About 10 p.m. Saturday, the three classmates stopped at a 7-Eleven store in Fallston, where they ran into a cousin of Miss McFaul, her father said.

She told her cousin that she and her friends were going to a different party in Towson, he said.

Police say the trio's 1990 Chevrolet Corsica was speeding along Hydes Road near Elder Road in Baltimore County about 11:55 p.m, when it suddenly left the road.

Police say it appears the driver overcompensated for the mistake, sending the car back across the road into an embankment, through a wooden fence and into a small stand of trees.

Miss McFaul was pulled from the car and flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was pronounced dead.

Police declined to release the name of the driver.

Mr. McFaul said the Corsica was normally driven by Miss Baker, but he didn't know whether she was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

He said Miss Baker's parents told him that their daughter had been hospitalized at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A GBMC spokeswoman said Miss Baker's parents had asked the hospital to withhold information about her condition.

Police identified the passenger in the back seat as Christen Brooke Hess, 16, of Bel Air.

She was treated for minor injuries at Fallston Hospital early yesterday and released.

Police said no charges have been filed, but their investigation is continuing.

Miss McFaul was a junior at C. Milton Wright High. An avid sports fan, she played doubles tennis for the high school squad and softball and soccer for community athletic clubs, Mr. McFaul said. He said his daughter was a popular girl, a "solid B-student" and a music lover who played the flute in elementary school.

She dreamed of studying to become a marine biologist, or maybe an engineer, Mr. McFaul said.

He said his daughter always told him that whatever path she picked, she was confident that a successful future was in store for her.

"She always said, 'Dad, don't worry about me. I'll be OK. I'll do all right in life,' " Mr. McFaul said. "She was a pretty cool kid."

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