Two Arundel youths die after car slams into tree

Two other teens injured in Ellicott City crash

August 18, 2002|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

Two Anne Arundel County youths were killed yesterday when their car went airborne at the crest of a hill and slammed into a tree along College Avenue in Ellicott City.

Killed in the accident were Ashley Schmidt, 16, of Riviera Beach and Jeffery Michael Trimper, 19, of Linthicum.

Schmidt, who was driving the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trimper died at St. Agnes HealthCare.

Injured in the accident, which occurred at about 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of College Avenue and Bonnie Branch Road, close to Patapsco Valley State Park, were Elisha Crouch, 16, and Heather Dowen, 13, both of Baltimore.

Crouch and Dowen were sent by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Howard County police, who were investigating the cause of the accident last night, were looking at the car's speed as a possible contributing factor.

They said the Cavalier, traveling eastbound, "became airborne after traveling up a hill in the roadway."

Police said Schmidt lost control of the vehicle upon landing and that it hit the tree.

An eyewitness said firefighters had to cut off the roof of the Cavalier to get to the victims.

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