Arundel teen dies of injuries from car crash


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

Catherine Thomas, 17, of Crownsville died after life support was removed Friday at 3:01 p.m., said Elaine Thomas, Catherine's 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 Monday. "This is total devastation."

Four teenagers, including Catherine's 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 released yesterday from 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 are investigating, said Shawn A. Urbas, a department spokesman.

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