Driver loses control of car, plows into Ellicott City home No serious injury reported

vehicle catches fire

July 14, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Severna Park man, returning home from a golf game with Toronto Blue Jays players yesterday morning, veered off Montgomery Road and slammed into an Ellicott City home, police said.

Officials said Greg Fudge, 39, of the 100 block of Old Country Road was driving his Isuzu Trooper east when he lost control and swerved across the yellow line about 10 a.m.

Fudge, who escaped serious injury, plowed through two fences, NTC ran over several bushes and crushed a small oak tree before hitting the corner of the two-story home, police said. The car then caught fire.

A woman and four children were inside the house during the accident. None were hurt.

Fudge was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, treated for head injuries and released, said Sgt. Morris Carroll, police spokesman.

Howard County firefighters extinguished the flames after Fudge was pulled from the wreckage by two police officers, Cpl. Mike Sherman and Pfc. Anna Hollern.

Yesterday afternoon, as neighbors watched police and other officials examine the accident scene, several people noted a toy crane and black rubber ball resting only feet from the crushed vehicle and melted siding of the house in the 7700 block of Rockburn Drive.

The home's owners declined to be interviewed.

Police said Fudge was returning from a golf outing with the baseball players, in town to play the Orioles this week, at the of Troy Hill Golf Course.

The accident is under investigation, and charges are pending.

"There have been other accidents" near the site, said neighbor Peter Coyne yesterday at the accident scene. "They were not as dramatic as this, maybe someone goes off the road, take out a mailbox and bush."

Pub Date: 7/14/98

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