Driver, 23, seriously injured as car flips, hits two others

November 07, 1995

A 23-year-old Westminster man, whose car became airborne, flipped end over end and hit two parked vehicles and two trees, remained in serious and stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Monday.

State police said Michael Gordon Stauffer of the 700 block of Windsor Drive was flown to the trauma center in a state police helicopter after the 10 p.m. crash Sunday on Sykesville Road near Grand View Avenue. The driver was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Police said Mr. Stauffer was driving his 1985 Plymouth Tourismo north on Route 32 when he crossed the center line of the highway, struck a mailbox and an embankment in the 6300 block and became airborne for about 50 feet.

Trooper John N.A. Rose, the investigating officer, said Mr. Stauffer's car came down with the right rear wheel gouging a 16-foot-long furrow in the ground before it started to flip end over end, striking a 1989 Nissan Sentra in a driveway and a 1994 Ford pickup truck in another driveway.

The Plymouth became airborne a second time, sailing over the truck and through a tree next to the truck, before hitting another tree and coming to rest.

Trooper Rose said the accident remained under investigation.

Lions' Pride band takes first place

The Liberty High School Lions' Pride Marching Band won first place in the Chapter 13 Championship Tournament of Bands competition Saturday in Hedgesville, W.Va.

The Lions' Pride score of 95.25 also earned them the best percussion, best music, best marching and maneuvering and best band front awards in Group 3 bands of 56 to 75 musicians.

Liberty's next competition will be this weekend at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Scranton, Pa.

Fire

Eldersburg: Sykesville and Gamber investigated a fire alarm sounding in the 6400 block of Ridge Road at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Units were out for 12 minutes.

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