Three men hospitalized after car crash in Westminster


Three of four young men injured in an auto accident early yesterday on Old Westminster Pike in Westminster remained hospitalized last night, Carroll County authorities said.

According to police, the car was traveling east near Woodside Drive about 1 a.m. when the driver, Frank James Stewart Jr., 21, of Baltimore, crossed the center line and hit three parked cars on the opposite side of the road.

The vehicle then crossed back to the eastbound lane and came to a stop against an embankment, said Maj. Thomas Long of the Carroll County sheriff's office.

Stewart and his three passengers - Justin Beau Clark, 21, of Westminster; Edward Vitkauskas, 22, of Baltimore; and Samuel W. Mooshian, 21, of Westminster - were flown by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Stewart was treated and released yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Clark and Mooshian were in serious condition, and Vitkauskas was critical but stable, the spokeswoman said. Deputies recovered alcoholic beverages from the car, and an investigation is continuing, Long said.

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