Accident seriously injures teacher convicted of sexually abusing student

October 17, 2003|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City ballet instructor convicted of sexually assaulting a young student was injured yesterday when his minivan collided with a box truck on Interstate 95 one hour before he was scheduled to appear for sentencing before a Howard County judge.

Jose Anibal Macedo, 42, was driving north just south of Interstate 895 about 12:30 p.m. when he apparently pulled briefly onto the shoulder, state police said. He moved back into traffic and was hit by a delivery truck that had been behind him, state police said.

Macedo, of the 1100 block of Taylor Avenue in Halethorpe, was cited for making an unsafe lane change.

He and the other driver, whom state police did not identify last night, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Macedo was in serious condition last night.

The case has taken more than 10 months, two trials and two sets of lawyers to wend its way to a conclusion.

"It's a movie. It's a bad movie," said Michelle Beyerle, who teaches at Macedo's Advance Dance Academy.

Sun staff writer Gus Sentementes contributed to this article.

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