2 children hurt, one critically, in traffic accident in Columbia

August 31, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two young boys who were not in safety restraints were injured, one critically, in a crash yesterday afternoon after the minivan their father was driving was struck by another car and overturned in Columbia, Howard County police said.

Police said the father, General Ramirez, 35, was attempting to cross Columbia Road from the parking lot of a convenience store when his Dodge Caravan was struck on the right side by a Chevrolet Cavalier about 4:23 p.m. The Caravan turned on its side and struck an Audi sedan stopped at a stop sign at Brook Way.

Ramirez, who lives in the 5100 block of Brook Way, was not injured in the crash, but his children - ages 5 and 6 - were flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The older child sustained minor injuries, but the younger child was listed in critical condition, police said.

Police identified the driver of the car that struck the minivan as Nehemias Magana, 21, of the 5200 block of Brook Way. Magana was taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries, police said. The driver of the Audi was not hurt.

Police said the accident was under investigation.

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