Columbia man, 26, dies after accident in which he lost control of his car

September 03, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A Columbia man died earlier this week, hours after an accident in which police said the car he was driving veered to avoid striking another vehicle on Little Patuxent Parkway and struck a tree.

Stanley Sanghyun Park, 26, of the 12000 block of Little Patuxent Parkway died Monday morning of unspecified injuries.

Police said the incident occurred about 10: 45 p.m. Sunday. According to several witnesses, three cars -- a light-colored vehicle, a 1996 Buick and a 1992 Toyota -- were heading west in the left lane of Little Patuxent Parkway, west of Governor Warfield Parkway.

A 1997 Volkswagen, driven by Park, passed all three cars and tried to move from the right lane to the left, police said.

But the driver of the Volkswagen apparently did not see the light-colored car at the front of the pack until the last moment, police said.

Police said Park tried to change lanes again but lost control and struck a tree. The first car continued west. The driver of the Buick stopped to avoid the collision but was struck from behind by the Toyota.

The driver of the Buick, William Joseph Woolford, 65, of the 10500 block of Twin Rivers Road was treated for chest pains and released from Howard County General Hospital Monday. The driver of the Toyota and two passengers were not injured.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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