Alcohol linked to fatal crash, police say

Two Laurel teens killed, another injured

driver would've turned 18 today

September 30, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An automobile accident Saturday night in Montgomery County that killed two teens, including an Atholton High School senior, was alcohol-related, police said.

The 17-year-old driver, Robert Middaugh, had an blood-alcohol level of more than 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, according to toxicology tests conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office. Middaugh, who transferred to Atholton High School from Laurel's St. Vincent Pallotti High in April, would have turned 18 today.

The crash also killed front-seat passenger Michelle Timchalk, 17, of the 5900 block of Parkway Drive in Laurel.

Timchalk was a senior at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington. Timchalk was also under the influence of alcohol, police said, but her blood-alcohol level was not released.

A second passenger, Mary Kathleen Collins, 16, of the 6200 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road in Laurel, remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Collins is a senior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

In Maryland, the legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08 percent.

Middaugh was driving east on Sandy Spring Road at high speed when he lost control of the car and struck a pole at McKnew Road, about a mile from his home in the 15600 block of Straughn Drive in Laurel, police said.

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