Angelo Carpintieri, 14, student and avid fisherman

October 13, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Angelo Carpintieri was a solid student at Perry Hall High School who hoped to become an engineer. He studied daily, participated in class activities and had better-than-average freshman grades.

But his passion was fishing, and he spent hours daily at Saltpeter Creek, not far from his home in Chase. His father taught him to fish, and taught him well. Perhaps too good, Jonathan Carpintieri said jokingly, because "Peach," as he was called, learned to catch bigger and more fish than anyone else.

But it all ended on Saturday.

Angelo, 14, was killed when the car in which he was a passenger spun out of control and veered into a wooded area off Eastern Avenue Extended in Middle River. The fiery crash also killed Corey Butler, 16, and Daniel Myers, 12. All of the victims lived in the Whispering Woods development in Chase.

Injured in the accident were Angelo's brother, Chase Carpintieri, 11; the car's driver, Alfred Myers Jr., 18; and Brandon Johnson, 11. Chase Carpintieri was released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center soon after the accident. Alfred was in stable condition yesterday at Bayview; Brandon was in fair condition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The crash occurred about 12: 10 a.m. Saturday when a mixture of rain, poor road conditions and excessive speed caused the Ford Mustang the youths were riding in to careen off the road, police said.

Chase has harrowing memories of the accident, his father said.

"Psychologically, he's damaged," Mr. Carpintieri said. "He felt he could have pulled Angelo from the accident. He probably needs counseling. He doesn't understand why it happened. No one does."

Angelo and Chase were extremely close, playing football, basketball and video games, as well as fishing at their favorite spot on the creek. Although Angelo was small for his age, he was looked upon as a neighborhood leader.

"All of the kids liked him because he was so friendly and sure of himself. Even some of the older kids thought highly of him," said William Myers (no relation to Daniel Myers), who lives nearby and had known Angelo about three years.

Before teaching him how to fish, Mr. Carpintieri instilled in Angelo the importance of school and made sure that fishing was done after his homework.

The philosophy worked, as Angelo was an honors student last year at Middle River Middle School and as a freshman at Perry Hall High had adjusted well.

"He made a terrifically positive impact. He was a natural leader and an enthusiastic learner," said Bruce Seward, the school's guidance director.

Friends and administrators said Angelo had an "infectious" personality. He especially liked math and art, and hoped to play trumpet in the school band.

Jackie Lamar, whose daughter attended school with Angelo, said he always had a positive attitude.

"He was funny and he would listen to adults when they talked to him," Ms. Lamar said. "I never saw him with an attitude. Never saw him when he wasn't smiling."

Angelo was perhaps most happy when fishing. He fished daily for an hour or two after school and would rise before dawn on weekends and spend hours at the creek.

Quiet mornings spent fishing aboard the family's 10-foot boat was a favorite father-and-son activity, Mr. Carpintieri said.

"He didn't use bait; only lures. All of the fish he caught, he threw back in," Mr. Carpintieri said. "He was a kind-hearted and loyal kid. I'll remember when it was just me and him on the boat."

Angelo was a member and part of the junior usher board of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., where services are scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to his father and brother, Angelo is survived by his mother, Juneat Carpintieri of Chase.

Pub Date: 10/13/98

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