Teen critically hurt in Howard car crash

Another passenger, 17, in serious condition

speed an apparent factor

March 10, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Dodge Spirit carrying six Oakland Mills High School students crashed into a brick wall in front of a house in Columbia yesterday afternoon, critically injuring one teen-ager and seriously injuring another.

The accident occurred at 2:14 p.m. at Allview Drive and Ferndale Avenue in Oakland Mills, according to Howard County police. The car, traveling east on Allview Drive, struck a rock on the road, flipped and landed on its roof, coming to rest at a brick wall attached to a house.

Anthony Montoya, 18, was driving the car, police said. They said excessive speed appeared to be a factor in the accident.

Michael Wisthoff, 16, and Dayle Lynn Lovett, 17, both of Columbia, were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. As of 5 p.m., Wisthoff was in critical condition and Lovett was in stable condition.

The four remaining passengers were identified as Heather Michele Prince, 17, Kristen Elizabeth Peel, 16, Becky Walter, 15, and Montoya, all of Columbia. They were taken to Howard County General Hospital, and all were in stable condition.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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