Harford man, 23, killed in three-vehicle accident on Jarrettsville Pike

Funeral services were planned Thursday for a 23-year-old Harford County man who was killed early Sunday morning when his car crashed into another vehicle on Route 146 (Jarrettsville Pike) in Monkton.

Travis Michael Benedetta, whose address was listed as the 700 block of Joppa Farm Road, was driving a black 2003 Volkswagen Jetta north in the 3400 block of Jarrettsville Pike at about 6:05 a.m., according Maryland State Police.

The Jetta crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and hit the side of a white 2014 Toyota 4Runner before hitting a blue 2001 Ford Focus head on, according to the release.

Mr. Benedetta was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford Focus, Renee Courtney Busha, 31, of Pylesville, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore with non-life-threatening injuries, State Police said in a news release. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner was not injured.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, according to the news release.

Mr. Benedetta was ruled to be at fault, according to the accident report. The speed of the at-fault driver is typically not indicated in initial accident reports for fatal crashes, State Police said.

According to an obituary published in Wednesday's edition of The Aegis, Mr. Benedetta had lived in Street. Survivors include his parents, his wife and a child.

He was a 2009 graduate of Harford Technical High School, according to Harford County Public Schools records. An acquaintance said he grew up in Joppa.

The funeral was set to be held at Joppatowne Christian Church, followed by interment at Highview Memorial Gardens in Fallston.

Mr. Benedetta's death was the ninth on Harford County highways in 2014.

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