An 18-year-old Monkton resident who recently graduated from Dulaney Valley High School died early Saturday after the vehicle in which he was a passenger crashed near his home, police and family friends said.
Officer Teresa Lockwood of the Baltimore County traffic investigation team, said Steven Radford of the 4100 block of Stansbury Mill Road was a passenger in an Infiniti sport utility vehicle driven by his friend Derek Campbell, also 18, of the 4000 block of Stansbury Mill Road when Campbell lost control of the vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. while eastbound on Stansbury Mill Road near Jarrettsville Pike. The vehicle crashed into trees.
Lockwood said Radford and Campbell were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Radford died a short time later. Lockwood said Campbell was admitted in serious condition.
Lockwood said that speed appeared to be a contributing factor and that the accident remains under investigation.
Kathleen Bond, a friend of the Radford family, said yesterday that Radford was an excellent student and would have taken technology courses at Salisbury University in September. She said he excelled in math in high school and enjoyed music, hiking, fishing and riding his all-terrain vehicle.
"He was a great kid," Bond said.
Former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, a friend of the Radford family, said that Steven is survived by his parents, Charles W. Radford Jr. and Mary Kay Radford, and his sister, Jennifer.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.