Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

March 07, 2003

Girl, 17, is killed in crash involving her car, pickup truck

A Silver Spring teen-ager was killed Wednesday evening when her car collided with a pickup truck that county police said failed to yield the right of way.

Christine E. Michele Heger, 17, was southbound on Route 3 when a Dodge pickup traveling in the opposite direction crossed her path in an attempt to turn left at Crofton Boulevard.

Heger swerved her 1973 Volkswagen Beetle but was unable to avoid hitting the side of the pickup. The teen was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital.

A 17-year-old passenger in the Volkswagen was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday.

The driver of the pickup, Hector Romero-Rivero, 25, of Hyattsville, was unhurt. He told police he had a problem with the truck's transmission just before he made the turn. Police continue to investigate the crash.

House delegation wants maglev funds eliminated

Anne Arundel County's House delegation is asking that state and federal funding for a proposed maglev train system be cut from this year's state budget.

"We're looking to drive a stake in this for good," said Del. John R. Leopold, a Republican.

The delegation expressed its wishes to the House Appropriations Committee in a letter dated Wednesday.

Several members of the delegation also joined delegates from surrounding counties Tuesday in writing to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in opposition to the train system.

Ehrlich's initial budget proposal included about $3.1 million in state and federal money to continue studying the concept.

The magnetic levitation train would link Baltimore and Washington with a 20-minute ride, traveling through Anne Arundel County.

Maryland is competing with Pittsburgh to win $950 million in federal money to build the nation's first maglev line. It is thought that the project would cost a total of $4.4 billion.

The state's Department of Legislative services also recommend that funding be eliminated, Leopold said.

Veterinary hospital taking donations for injured cat

South Arundel Veterinary Hospital in Edgewater is accepting donations toward the treatment of an orange tabby cat that was injured when a teen-age boy beat it with a wooden table leg Sunday afternoon on Janwal Street in Annapolis, police said.

A 15-year-old received a juvenile citation accusing him of beating the cat as another teen-ager shouted encouragement and restrained the boy whose family owned the cat, Annapolis police said.

The owners of the cat told police that they could not afford the recommended treatment for their 5-year-old cat, Annabelle, and were nursing her back to health at home.

A South Arundel Veterinary Hospital client who read about the case in the newspaper started the fund for Annabelle yesterday.

Within a few hours, veterinarian Laura Lathan said, the hospital, which collects money for other neglected animals, had received five donations totaling more than $100.

Donations: 410-956-2932.

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