Boys' Latin athlete, 18, killed in crash Fellow student injured in York Road accident

July 24, 1996|By Kris Antonelli FTC | Kris Antonelli FTC,SUN STAFF

A Boys' Latin School lacrosse and football player was killed early yesterday when he lost control of a truck and struck a telephone pole on York Road near Freeland, Baltimore County police reported.

Patrick M. Radebaugh, 18, of the 2300 block of E. Ruhl Road in Freeland, whose family owns Radebaugh's Florist and Greenhouse in Towson, was pronounced dead shortly after the 3 a.m. accident, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

A passenger in the vehicle, Alfred Smithwick III, 17, of the 100 block of Glencoe Road in Glencoe, was in critical but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Smithwick is a varsity soccer player for Boys' Latin.

According to police, Radebaugh was driving a 1991 Ford Explorer south on York Road near Upper Glencoe Road at high speed when he tried to maneuver a curve. The truck sideswiped a telephone pole and spun around twice before stopping in the northbound lane, Toohey said.

Toohey said alcohol and excessive speed are believed to have been involved. The Explorer's speedometer, which shattered, was stuck at 68 mph, he said. Both men sustained multiple traumatic injuries, police said.

The Radebaugh family, reached at home yesterday, said they were too upset to talk to reporters.

At Boys' Latin, Radebaugh, who would have been a senior in the fall, was a wide receiver and running back on the football team and midfielder on the lacrosse team. He will be remembered as one of the school's best athletes, teachers and coaches said.

"He was a very good lacrosse player and made the varsity team as a freshman and that's pretty unusual," said Hugh Gelston, the school's athletic director. "He was one of our better athletes."

Radebaugh suffered several injuries last year that kept him out of sports for most of the season, said Kevin Murphy, the school's dean of students and one of Radebaugh's teachers.

"He was an outstanding lacrosse player. He had a bright future," Murphy said.

Murphy described Radebaugh as a "very popular" young man whose classmates gathered at the school yesterday to comfort one another and meet with counselors. Radebaugh's brother, J. D. Radebaugh, graduated from Boys' Latin two years ago.

"The Radebaughs are a very big part of school life here," Murphy said.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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