Teen in critical condition after crash

Athlete's accident upsets Westminster High friends

April 28, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A standout Westminster High School athlete remained in critical condition yesterday after a one-car accident Thursday night near Taneytown.

Carrie Serio, 17, of Finksburg lost control of her Saturn about 11 p.m. and hit a utility pole on Mayberry Road near Halter Road, Maryland State Police said.

She was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday, nursing coordinator Therese Trainum said.

The news about Serio, a soccer goalie, basketball guard and lacrosse midfielder, upset her classmates. Shannon Finch, a senior on the lacrosse team, said her coach broke the news Friday. "Everybody, of course, was really upset and really worried because we're all really close and really good friends," Finch said.

A dinner cruise for seniors went on as planned Friday, but with crisis counselors aboard, said Bryan Shumaker, who coached Serio in soccer last fall.

Shumaker, who also coaches the softball team, said players were upset at practice Friday.

"She's very well-liked, and so I think it hit a lot of people pretty hard," he said. "I told my players yesterday, `You don't have to practice, but I'm not going to let you be alone. The worst thing you can do is be alone.'"

Serio's car appeared to have been exceeding the 30 mph speed limit when the accident occurred, according to police. They declined to say how fast her Saturn was traveling. The accident remained under investigation yesterday.

Sun staff writer Laura Vozzella contributed to this article.

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