Jarrettsville teen dies of injuries suffered in 2-vehicle accident

February 16, 2011|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

A Jarrettsville teenager was killed after the car in which she was riding collided with a truck Monday afternoon.

Ashley Nicole Stewart, 18, was in the front passenger seat of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt driven by Mark P. Buchanan, a 19-year-old also from Jarrettsville. Investigators from the Harford County sheriff's office believe the Cobalt was traveling south on Grier Nursery Road near Miller Road when it crossed the center lane and struck a 2001 Chevy truck traveling north and driven by Jorge Velazquez, 32, of Forest Hill.

According to the sheriff's office, Stewart and Buchanan were not wearing seat belts, though the vehicle's airbags did deploy. Buchanan was first taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, then to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries. Stewart, initially trapped inside the Cobalt, was extricated by volunteer fire crews from Darlington and Bel Air. She was also taken to Shock Trauma, where she was pronounced dead early Tuesday.

Velazquez was wearing a seat belt and his vehicle's air bag also deployed, authorities said. He was treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and released.

Charges against Buchanan were pending review by the state's attorney's office, according to the sheriff's office.

Electronic court records show that Buchanan was found guilty in November of driving 73 mph in an area of Route 165 in Parkwood where the posted speed limit is 40 mph.

According to the Aegis newspaper, Steward and Buchanan were both recent graduates of North Harford High School. Stewart's father told the paper that she was studying at Harford Community College and planned to attend the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

jtorbati@baltsun.com

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