4 hospitalized after accidents

Three of the four injured in a collision at a U.S. 1 intersection


Four people remained at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Friday after car accidents last week in Howard County, a hospital spokeswoman said.

On Monday afternoon, Audrey Serio, 34, of Eldersburg lost control of a 2005 Nissan Altima on Route 97 in Glenwood. The car ran off the road, overturned and struck a telephone pole. Wires fell on the roadway, which police closed for four hours for repairs.

Serio was flown to Shock Trauma, where her condition was upgraded from critical to "serious, but stable" as of Friday.

On Thursday, an accident at the intersection of U.S. 1, Meadowridge and Dorsey roads in Elkridge sent three people to the hospital.

About 11 a.m., an Isuzu Rodeo, driven by Christopher Charles Viel, 28, was sitting in the middle of the intersection, waiting to turn left from southbound U.S. 1 onto Dorsey Road.

The light in both directions on U.S. 1 turned red and, as permitted, Viel began to complete his turn, police said. As he did so, a Ford Mustang opposite him on U.S. 1 drove around a vehicle stopped for the red light, entered the intersection and struck Viel's vehicle.

Police said the driver of the Mustang, Donald Richard Medlar, 31, of Osborne Avenue in Catonsville, and his front-seat passenger, Christopher Budde, 32, of the 1900 block of Wamsutta Lane in Hanover, were not wearing seat belts. The impact slammed them against the Mustang's windshield.

Both were taken by ambulance to Shock Trauma. As of Friday, Medlar had been upgraded from serious to fair condition; Budde was in serious but stable condition. Viel of the 2600 block of Liberty Parkway in Dundalk was listed as critical but stable.


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