'Hill-hopping' driver crashes car on College Ave.

August 20, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington and Shanon D. Murray | Erica C. Harrington and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

A "hill-hopping" adventure on a windy Ellicott City road Friday night left a Baltimore man in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Michael Freeburger, 18, of the 400 block of S. Furrow St. in Baltimore, was in a Chevrolet Lumina traveling south on College Avenue with five other people at 11: 35 p.m. when the driver lost control of the car, drove off the road and struck a telephone pole, said Sgt. Steven Keller of the Howard County police. Keller said it was not clear who was driving.

Freeburger was in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The names and ages of the others in the car -- all from Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties -- were not available yesterday, Keller said. They were treated and released from St. Agnes Hospital the night of the incident, he said.

Keller said the group was "hill hopping" on the narrow road known as "seven hills" for its steep declines and hairpin curves. Investigation of the accident was continuing yesterday, Keller said.

College Avenue is at the center of a dispute between Ellicott City residents and the county. Howard planning and zoning officials want to have a nearby road extended to meet College Avenue, but residents said the scenic road is so dangerous that it cannot handle more traffic safely.

Pub Date: 8/20/96

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