Two Columbia men hospitalized after crash on U.S. 40

March 17, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two Columbia men were injured, one critically, late Saturday night when their car crossed over a median and into the westbound lanes of U.S. 40, hitting two cars, police said.

The accident closed the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 near Pebble Beach Drive for two hours, police said.

Witnesses told police that a Toyota Corolla ran a red light on eastbound U.S. 40 at Pebble Beach Drive about 11 p.m. before crossing the median and hitting two westbound vehicles, an Acura Legend and a Ford Expedition.

No one in the Acura or the Ford was was injured.

The driver of the Toyota, Christopher Leve, 43, of the 5300 block of Hesperus Drive, and his passenger, Todd Cantor, 41, of the 5300 block of Lighthouse Court, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Leve was in critical condition at the hospital yesterday. Cantor was in serious condition.

Police said the men were not wearing seat belts. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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