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Forest Hill man, 19, killed in Bel Air crash early Sunday

A 19-year-old Forest Hill man was killed and two passengers injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday on Moores Mill Road near the Route 22 intersection in Bel Air, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The crash is the second fatal car accident in Harford in eight days.

Ryan Christ, of the 500 block of Bantry Court in Forest Hill, died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he lost control of the car he was driving in the 1300 block of Moores Mill Road, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Christ was driving east on Moores Mill Road a 2002 Honda Civic at about 1:25 a.m. when he lost control and hit a fire hydrant with the left side of the car, according to the release.

The car kept sliding, striking a large tree and ultimately trapping Christ and a second passenger.

Christ was originally taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where he was stabilized. He was then transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore and succumbed to his injuries, according to the release.

Two passengers – Zachary Salkowski, 19, of the 1300 block of Allenby Court in Bel Air, and Conrad Dax, 19, of the 1000 block of Manchester Court in Bel Air – were also taken by ambulance to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment.

Their conditions were unknown as of early Sunday afternoon. A spokesperson for Johns Hopkins Bayview said they were not at the hospital at that time.

On Aug. 3, a 23-year-old man was killed after his car crashed into another vehicle on Route 146 in Monkton.

Travis Michael Benedetta, of the 700 block of Joppa Farm Road, died on the scene of that accident, which occurred at 6:05 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating the possible causes of the Moores Mill crash and is asking anyone with information to call 443-409-3324.

Sunday's fatality was the 10th on Harford County highways in 2014.

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