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Alcohol 'a contributing factor' in Harford fatal crash Sunday, police say

Highway and Road DisastersTransportation DisastersMaryland State Police

Maryland State Police say "consumption of alcoholic beverages is believed to have been a contributing factor" in a fatal head-on collision in northern Harford County early Sunday morning.

Donald Vangosen, 41, of Fawn Grove, Pa, died at the scene from injuries suffered in the crash on Route 23 (Norrisville Road) just south of Harford Creamery Road near Norrisville, according to state police.

Troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack D in Bel Air responded to Norrisville Road for a reported serious motor vehicle collision just after 5 a.m. Sunday.

The preliminary investigation by troopers revealed Mr. Vangosen was traveling southbound on Norrisville Road in a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. At the same time, a 2007 Nissan Xterra being operated by Charles Creaney, 22, of Bel Air, was northbound on Norrisville Road.

Troopers determined the Nissan Xterra crossed the center line of the roadway for unknown reasons, striking the Chevrolet Cavalier head-on, according to a state police news release issued Monday morning.

Mr. Vangosen was the sole occupant of the Chevrolet Cavalier. Creaney and his passenger, 19-year-old Kimberly Martin of Bel Air, were transported to York Hospital by Norrisville Volunteer Fire Company ambulances for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Norrisville Road was closed for nearly four hours with the assistance of the State Highway Administration while members of the Maryland State Police Crash Team reconstructed the collision.

According to the news release, troopers and crash team investigators will consult with the Harford County State's Attorney's Office prior to the filing of any charges. The investigation was continuing Monday.

Mr. Vangosen was the 22nd highway fatality in Harford County this year.

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