In Harford County Abingdon man killed in wrong-way...

Regional Digest

February 14, 2002

In Harford County

Abingdon man killed in wrong-way crash on I-95, police say

RIVERSIDE - An Abingdon man was killed early yesterday when his car, headed south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Route 543, slammed head-on into a truck and triggered a five-vehicle crash, state police said.

Frank William Watt Jr., 29, of the 4000 block of Abingin Drive was killed when his 1986 Oldsmobile Calais struck a 2001 Dodge Ram truck driven by David Allen French of the 300 block of Barros Court in Havre de Grace, said Cpl. Christopher Tideberg of the state police. French's truck was struck from behind by another truck, sending it into the path of a van and tractor-trailer, Tideberg said.

French was in serious but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In Prince George's

UM freshman remains in critical condition

COLLEGE PARK - Daniel Reardon, the University of Maryland freshman found unresponsive at a fraternity house last week, remained in critical condition last night at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, where his family had agreed on his removal from life support.

Hospital spokesman Robert Jepson said he was not sure whether the family's plans had changed.

Reardon, 19, was found not breathing and without a pulse at Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity last week after "tap night," when students are invited to become members.

In Carroll County

School board votes to protest MSPAP tests

The Carroll County school board urged state education officials last night to halt Maryland's elementary and middle school testing program because of concerns about its reliability.

The five-member panel voted to send a letter of protest - nearly identical to the one sent a week ago by Montgomery County school board President Reginald M. Felton and Vice President Patricia B. O'Neill - to state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

"Out of consideration for the folks in our schools who are scratching their heads over these scores ... and then in two months have to do it all over again [and give students the 2002 MSPAP exams], I think we need to do something," said Susan Holt, the Carroll board's vice president.

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