Crownsville teen hurt in car crash dies



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A 17-year-old Old Mill High School senior who suffered severe injuries in a car accident last week has died, her family said yesterday.

Catherine Thomas, 17, of Crownsville died after life support was removed Friday at 3:01 p.m., said Elaine Thomas, Catherines mother. She had been flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the driver of the Volkswagen Jetta in which she was a passenger lost control of his car on Old Herald Harbor Road. The crash severed Catherine Thomas spinal cord, her mother said.

"I've been crying so much that I'm numb," Thomas said. This is total devastation.

Four teenagers, including Catherines 14-year-old sister, Victoria, were in the car when it hit a tree near Crownsville. All were friends from Old Mill High School in Severn, and all were rushed to hospitals.

Victoria Thomas, a ninth-grader, was in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Robert Giuffrida, 16, a junior from Severn who was in the front passenger seat, was flown to Shock Trauma, where he was in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokesman said.

The driver of the car, David Bathras, 18, of Millersville, a 2005 graduate, was taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma. He was released Friday.

Anne Arundel County police believe excessive speed was a factor in the accident and are investigating, said Shawn A. Urbas, a police spokesman.


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