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One driver in Route 32 crash upgraded to fair condition

The driver who collided head-on with another car after traveling in the wrong direction on Route 32 in Savage last weekend has been upgraded to fair condition, while the other driver remains in serious condition, according to a University of Maryland Shock Trauma spokesperson. 

According to Howard County Police, Jose I. Romero, 34, of Baltimore, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of Route 32 at around 11:17 p.m. when his Toyota Scion collided with a 1999 Toyota Camry headed eastbound.

The driver of the Camry, Regan A. Murphy, 27, of New York, remains in serious condition as of Wednesday morning, the spokseperson said.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision, which occurred in the area of U.S. Route 1, but would not specify how.

The preliminary investigation reveals Romero driving the wrong direction on the divided highway was the primary cause of the crash, police said.

Howard police spokeswoman Sherry LLewellyn said no charges have yet been filed in the Route 32 crash. 

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