Accident on Route 295 kills boy, 12, injures 5

26 charges are filed against Odenton man

February 28, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A 12-year-old New York boy died and five of his family members were hospitalized when their minivan was rear-ended yesterday on Baltimore-Washington Parkway as they returned from a Walt Disney World vacation, state police said.

Police were holding the driver of a second minivan, Robert A. Powell, 47, of the 1300 block of Del Ray Court in Odenton on an outstanding warrant.

The Scavarda family of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was returning from Florida when the accident happened about 3: 30 a.m. on the northbound parkway (Route 295) near Interstate 695 near Lansdowne.

Witnesses told police the accident occurred when a minivan driven by Powell rear-ended a minivan driven by John P. Scavarda, 43.

His son Christopher J. Scavarda was thrown from the vehicle as it overturned. He died three hours later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to police.

Another son, Matthew D. Scavarda, 5, also was thrown from the van. He was in good condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore yesterday.

A preliminary report indicated the boys were not wearing seat belts.

John Scavarda; his wife, Carol Ann, 40, and two daughters, Michele, 14, and Anne Marie, 9, were treated at the University of Maryland Medical Center and released yesterday.

The family had been traveling north from the Orlando, Fla., area for at least 12 hours when the accident occurred, said Tfc. Robert Lang of the state police.

Powell, whose vehicle had front-end damage, fled the crash scene on foot, police said.

He was found about 7: 30 a.m. yesterday, lying on the ground in a wooded area a quarter-mile from the crash scene by a Baltimore County police dog unit, Lang said. Lang said Powell had alcohol on his breath and failed a Breathalyzer test given at state police barracks in Glen Burnie.

Powell was found to have an open bench warrant for failing to appear in court on assault and theft charges, Lang said. Powell was being held at the Glen Burnie barracks on the outstanding charges while a police investigation into the accident continued.

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