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Westminster man in critical condition after Finksburg accident

A Westminster man remains in critical condition at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center after a three-vehicle accident on Route 91 between Deer Park Road and Old Gamber Road in Finksburg Friday morning.

Kelly Murphy, 38, remains in critical condition after he was transported by helicopter to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Cindy Rivers said Monday.

Murphy's Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound on Route 91 Friday when a tractor trailer, swerving to avoid another vehicle, crossed the yellow lane divider and struck the Jetta head on at 5:25 a.m.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, a Honda Civic driven by 21-year-old David Stanner, of Milford Mill, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Route 91 and Old Gamber Road. Stanner failed to maneuver a curve on Old Gamber Road, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and travel through the stop sign, police said.

The tractor trailer, driven by 48-year-old John Rhoades, of Baltimore, swerved to avoid the Honda and crossed the yellow lane divider, where it struck Murphy's vehicle, according to police.

The accident closed the section of Route 91 for more than six hours.

Stanner and Rhoades declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.

The Sheriff's Office announced in a news release that charges are pending the outcome of the investigation and review with the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.

Collision reconstructionists from the Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Reconstruction and Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit will be conducting a detailed investigation, according to the release.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a contributing factor, according to police.

Cpl. Jonathan Light said that as of Monday morning the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who might have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Cpl. Jeffrey Miller at 410-386-5900.

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