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Two of four Marriotts Ridge crash victims remain hospitalized

One of the three current and former Marriotts Ridge High School students who were seriously injured after their vehicle collided with a school bus last week were still in the hospital as of Wednesday, as was a school staffer who was badly hurt in a separate crash.

Stephen Drago, 18, of Ellicott City, was listed in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Patrick Moore, 16, of Ellicott City, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, and Thomas Drago, 17, also of Ellicott City, was released on Feb. 23, the spokeswoman said. Both are students at Marriotts Ridge, while Stephen Drago graduated from there in 2011, according to school officials.

The staffer, Advanced Placement coordinator Mary Ann Cecile Levant, 64, of Columbia, was listed in critical condition.

Levant was driving east on Route 32 near Route 29 at about 8:46 p.m. on Feb. 21 when she lost control of her vehicle, struck a guardrail on the right shoulder, then collided with another eastbound vehicle, according to the Howard County Police Department. No one else was hurt in the crash.

The students were injured earlier in the day, at about 2:35 p.m., when the vehicle Stephen Drago was driving, a 2009 Honda CRV, turned left off eastbound Route 40 and toward Pebble Beach Drive. The bus, which was headed west on Route 40 and had a green light and right of way at the intersection, collided with the passenger side of the Honda, police said.

Thomas Drago was seated on the right front side, Moore on the right rear side.

No students were in the bus at the time. Neither its driver, Ann Marie Mullinix, 52, of Sykesville, nor bus aide Ruth Mathis, 53, of West Friendship, suffered injuries in the crash.

Both crashes remain under investigation. Police have asked anyone who witnessed the crash on Route 32 to call investigators at 410-313-4751.

Marriotts Ridge students will donate half the proceeds from a previously scheduled March 2 dance to the Shock Trauma Center, according to Principal Adrianne Kaufman.

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