Elderly couple hurt in parking lot crash

February 18, 2004

An elderly couple turning into the parking lot of Howard County General Hospital's oncology department office yesterday morning were seriously injured after being struck by a Lexus driven by a 58-year-old man, Howard County police said. The other driver was unhurt.

Charles R. Rogers, 81, accompanied by his wife, Betty, 72, was driving west on Little Patuxent Parkway, near Freshaire Lane, in their 1994 Ford Taurus when he turned left into the parking lot of the Central Maryland Oncology Center, police said.

Police said Rogers failed to yield in making the turn, and the couple's vehicle was hit on the passenger side by a 1998 Lexus ES300 driven by Alan C. Ray of Hickory Ridge village in Columbia.

The Ford went off the road and struck a stop sign; the Lexus remained in the road, police said.

The Rogerses, who live in the 4600 block of Round Hill Road in Ellicott City, were flown by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were listed in critical condition, police said.

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