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Belcamp teen dies in New Year's Eve crash in Aberdeen

Highway and Road DisastersTransportation DisastersNew Year's Day

A Belcamp teenager, driving a car he may not have been authorized to be using, died early New Year's Day after being injured in a crash on Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen shortly before New Year's Eve became 2013, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

At 11:21 p.m. Dec. 31, Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to the 300 block of Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen for a report of a motor vehicle collision with entrapment. The sheriff's office investigation revealed that Austin D. Remines, 17, of the 1200 block of Pearson Place in Belcamp, was driving a 2008 Suzuki Forenza, owned by Joseph Matassa of the 300 block of Hunters Run Drive in Bel Air, on Bush Chapel Road near the intersection of Mt. Calvary Church Road. As his rounded a curve, Mr. Remines' vehicle was on the yellow center line.

Witnesses told police he steered his vehicle back into its lane, but as he did lost control of his vehicle crossing into the lane of an oncoming car. Mr. Remines' Suzuki collided with a 2008 Toyota Yaris driven by Christopher Radcliffe, 27, of Moyer Drive in Aberdeen. After being extricated from the car, Mr. Remines was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace by members of the volunteer Aberdeen Fire Department. He was pronounced deceased at 2:18 a.m. from injuries he sustained in the accident.

Radcliffe was not injured in the crash and no charges will be filed against him. Sheriff's deputies determined both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Mr. Remines' body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but according to an accident report speed and failure to keep right of the center line are contributing circumstances.

Sheriff's Office Spokesman Eddie Hopkins said there is no "preliminary indication or physical evidence" that alcohol was involved.

"We will have to wait for the toxicology report before we determine if alcohol was involved," he said.

Mr. Remines had been at a party at the Hampton Inn, 2112 Emmorton Park Road in Edgewood, before the accident, Hopkins said. Deputies were told Mr. Remines may have taken Matassa's car, which Matassa's daughter had driven to the party, without permission.

The daughter told police Mr. Remines asked her several times during the evening to borrow her car, and when she went to check on her car, it was gone.

Police said they were unsure why Mr. Remines was on Bush Chapel Road or where he was headed.

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