15-year-old dies after crash in Edgewater

March 31, 2007|By Dan Lamothe | Dan Lamothe,Sun Reporter

One of the seven teenagers in a sport utility vehicle crashed by a 13-year-old driver in Edgewater died yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Pamela Castenada, 15, of Edgewater, had been in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center since Tuesday's accident off Muddy Creek Road.

The driver, who has not been identified because of his age, was charged Tuesday with theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and several traffic violations, police said.

Police said yesterday they will meet with the state's attorney's office to determine if additional charges should be filed in Castenada's death.

Police said the stolen 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was first involved in a hit-and-run accident on Central Avenue.

The Suburban left the scene, police said, turning south onto Muddy Creek Road and attempting to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder. The driver sharply veered left, lost control and rolled the SUV onto its driver's side before slamming into a row of trees.

At least two of the teens, including Castenada, were seriously hurt. One, a 16-year-old, remained hospitalized yesterday at Shock Trauma after suffering head wounds, police said. The 13-year-old driver was among the teens who did not need hospitalization, police said.

Castenada's family could not be reached for comment, but teachers at South River High School, where she was a freshman, described her in a prepared statement as energetic and easygoing.

Donna Cardano, a social studies teacher, said Castenada had invited her to attend a hip-hop fashion show the school has planned this weekend. "I was so touched, but that was so like her," Cardano said. "She got along with everyone."

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