Car crash victim was returning from date

Westminster man won dinner for two in radio contest

November 10, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man who was killed early Saturday in a head-on crash in Mount Airy was on his way home from a blind date he won in a radio contest, a co-worker said yesterday.

Clark Morgan Creamer, 33, of the 200 block of Janice Way, was excited about the prospect of a dinner date Friday night, said Bert Miskell, operations manager for Wachter & Norwood Inc., where Creamer worked as a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning service technician. He was separated from his wife.

Billy Bush, morning drive-time disc jockey at Z104, an FM station based in Arlington, Va., holds an on-air dating game every Friday, called "Fridate," for singles. A couple goes on a paid dinner date and calls Bush on Monday to tell him how the evening went.

On Friday, Stephanie Bryan, 22, of Manassas, chose Creamer from among three phone-in candidates, said Marc Sterne, the show's producer.

"I understand they had dinner at Phillips Seafood Grill in Tysons Corner," he said.

On the way home, Creamer's 1987 Oldsmobile Calais was struck on Route 27 by a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro that crossed the center line, police said. Creamer was pronounced dead at the scene soon after the 12: 30 a.m. collision.

Chad Stevens Ruth of Mount Airy, a 21-year-old passenger in the Chevrolet, died later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The driver of the Chevrolet, Katie Carroll Upman, 18, of Eldersburg was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital and released, state police said.

No charges have been filed, said 1st Sgt. Eric Danz of the Westminster barracks.

"A state police accident reconstruction team is assisting in the investigation," he added.

Typically in collisions that involve fatalities, reports from the investigating trooper and the accident reconstruction team are completed and presented to the state's attorney for Carroll County to determine whether charges will be filed.

Bryan and Bush could not be reached for comment.

Sterne said the disc jockey learned on the air about Creamer's fatal collision when a friend of the man called to tell the disc jockey about the crash.

Funeral services for Creamer were held yesterday in Westminster.

Creamer had worked for the Frederick-based contractor for almost a year, Miskell said.

"I almost never saw him that he wasn't talking about his daughter, Brittani," Miskell said. "She was his pride and joy."

"It was really a sad time here," Miskell said. "We took a poll to see how many wanted to attend the funeral, and so many wanted to go."

Miskell said he and Steve Norwood, the general manager, and two service technicians worked yesterday, allowing other technicians and dispatchers to attend the funeral.

"He was an excellent employee," he added. "It's quite a loss."

Funeral services are planned for Ruth at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

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