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September 07, 2005

CARROLL COUNTY

Probe continues into crash that killed 2 teens, injured 3

State police are continuing to investigate an accident near Finksburg early Monday that killed two 16-year-old passengers and sent three other teenagers to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

No charges have been filed in the accident, but police said speed and alcohol were factors. Police said they were looking into who might have provided alcohol.

The accident occurred about 1:40 a.m. when the 17-year-old driver of a 1998 Jeep Wrangler hit a tree while negotiating a sharp curve on Slasmans Road, west of Niner Road before Black Steer Drive, police said. The driver, who was not identified, was released Monday from Shock Trauma.

Last month, charges were filed against a 34-year-old New Windsor woman, who is accused of providing alcohol to minors involved in a similar accident March 5 near Westminster. A 17-year-old driver was charged as a juvenile with homicide by motor vehicle while Impaired in the early-morning accident that killed a 15-year-old New Windsor girl.

In Monday's accident, three of the youths were flown to the trauma center: the driver, and two 15-year-old passengers, police said. Front-seat passenger Kevin Michael Redmond of the 1700 block of Fawn Way, Finksburg, was released yesterday. Back-seat passenger Matthew Ryan Wood, of the 1100 block Jeffras Court, near Smallwood, was listed in critical condition.

Dead at the scene were two other rear passengers, Zachary David Ondrish, 16, of the 600 block of Blizzard Farm Lane, near Smallwood, and Keith Michael Flem, 16, of Pine Hill, N.J., police said.

All four of the Carroll youths attended Westminster High School. Ondrish was a junior.

"This is a tragic situation that we all regret," said John Seaman, principal at Westminster High School, adding that the school had 15 to 20 grief counselors available throughout the day to talk with students. "We're trying to support them in their grief, because they need to grieve." - Sheridan Lyons and Gina Davis

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