By Luke Lavoie, email@example.com and Sara Toth, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:00 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Howard County Police investigators have confirmed the teenage driver of the Honda Civic struck by a Mack truck outside of Mt.Hebron High School on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 3 failed to stop at the stop sign when exiting the school parking lot.
The accident, which occurred 10 minutes after school dismissal at approximately 2:20 p.m., hospitalized the four teenage passengers and left the driver, Jeffrey Conner Sinclair, 18, in critical condition.
All five teenagers are students at the school.
Sinclair was upgraded to serious condition on Friday, Jan. 11.
The four passengers--identified as Justyn Richard Alexander, 17; Michael Dennis Brooks, 15; Elisha Shannon Brown, 17; and Urek Ali Bradshaw, 16--were treated and released from Howard County General Hospital Thursday evening.
Police confirmed on Monday that Sinclair and Alexander, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were wearing seat belts.
Police said it is inconclusive if Brooks, Brown and Bradshaw, who were sitting in the back of the car, were wearing their seat belts.
No charges have been filed against the driver of the Mack truck, identified as David Dell, 43, of Sykesville, and police do not believe Dell, who was not injured, was speeding.
According to police, the collision occurred when the car attempted to exit on to Route 99 from a parking lot approximately 500 feet west of the school's main entrance.
It is unknown if the car, which police believe pulled directly into the path of the truck, was turning left or right out of the parking lot, which does not have a traffic signal.
The school's main entrance, which intersects with St. Johns Lane, does have a traffic signal.
In an email sent to parents Thursday evening, Mt. Hebron High School Principal Scott Ruehl said the incident was witnessed by "many students," and that the school will be providing support for those who are concerned and upset.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman expressed his support for the Mt. Hebron community in a tweet that said: "Thoughts & prayers are with the Mt. Hebron students, as well as the other driver, who were injured in a crash earlier today."