7 teens, adults hurt in separate accidents

Police suspect alcohol, speed played a part

March 19, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Two separate accidents Sunday in Howard County - both believed to be alcohol-related - sent four teen-agers and three adults to area hospitals and caused a brief power outage in Columbia's Long Reach village, county police said yesterday.

Early Sunday, a 2002 Acura crossed the double yellow line on Route 108 near Red Branch Road and crashed into three BGE electrical switching boxes, police said. The crash affected more than 2,000 BGE customers, but power was restored by 4 a.m., a BGE spokeswoman said.

Officer Jeremy Perkins, who was in a marked police car, attempted to pull over the Acura for speeding just before the crash. Instead of stopping, police said, the car sped up and then went off the road.

According to police, the 16-year-old driver fled the vehicle, but an officer found him near the accident scene.

The driver and two 16-year-old passengers were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and a 15-year-old passenger was taken to Howard County General Hospital, police said. All were treated and released, police said.

Two of the teen-agers are Glenwood residents, one is a Clarksville resident and one is from the Glenelg area, police said.

Police listed speed and alcohol as preliminary factors in the collision. They are awaiting the results of a blood-alcohol test before determining whether to file charges or issue a citation, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

In another suspected alcohol-related accident, a three-car collision at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in western Howard sent two critically injured people to Shock Trauma and a third person to Howard County General Hospital, police said.

A 2001 Lincoln Navigator traveling north on Route 32 crossed the double yellow line near Day Road in West Friendship, struck a 1998 Dodge Ram and then hit a 1992 Toyota Paseo head-on, police said.

The Dodge Ram's driver was not injured, police said, but the driver and passenger of the Toyota were taken to Shock Trauma.

Driver Donna Baker, 40, of Ellicott City and passenger Richard Trail were in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Navigator's driver, James Lilly, 71, of Clarksville, was taken to Howard County General for treatment of a minor hand injury, police said.

No charges were filed, also pending blood-alcohol test results, Llewellyn said.

Police do not administer a Breathalyzer test if a driver is injured, Llewellyn said. Rather, an investigator can request that blood be drawn at the hospital. Results from those tests take two to four weeks, Llewellyn said.

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