Loyola's O'Hara serious after accident

High School

April 16, 2002|By Lem Satterfield

Loyola junior lacrosse midfielder Daniel O'Hara, 17, is in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma, recovering from head and facial injuries suffered in a car accident Saturday night in Lutherville.

O'Hara was among seven passengers riding in a sport utility vehicle. The SUV hit a parked car at the corners of Thornton and Jeffers roads, said his mother, Pat O'Hara.

Daniel O'Hara, who was not wearing a seat belt, according to his mother, was thrown from the back of the vehicle. Pat O'Hara said her son suffered skull and cheekbone fractures, along with cracked ribs and a bruised lung.

"He's not in a full coma, but he's not completely conscious," Pat O'Hara, a Loyola High School English teacher, said yesterday. "He's able to respond to some people by blinking one eye. We have a long road, and we don't know what's ahead. But he's showing a lot of heart."

O'Hara was on a respirator for 12 hours before his condition was upgraded from critical to serious.

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