Driver in Mt. Hebron crash upgraded to serious condition

The 18-year-old driver of a Honda Civic stuck by a Mack truck outside of Mt. Hebron High School last week has been upgraded to serious condition at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokesperson said Friday morning. 

The driver, Jeffrey Sinclair, a student at the Ellicott City school, was flown to Shock Trauma in critical condition following the collision, which occurred shortly after school was dismissed on Jan. 3.

The four passengers in the car – all Mt. Hebron students – were taken to Howard County General Hospital and released later that day.

Earlier this week, Howard County Police confirmed that Sinclair failed to stop at the stop sign as he exited the school parking lot. 

No charges have been filed against the driver of the Mack truck, identified as David Dell, 43, of Sykesville, who was not injured.

According to police, the collision occurred when Sinclair attempted to exit on to Route 99 from the parking lot approximately 500 feet west of the school's main entrance. Police believe the car pulled directly into the path of the truck.

The exit that Sinclair took does not have a traffic signal. There is a traffic signal at the main entrance.

Police said that Sinclair and the student sitting in the front passenger seat were wearing seat belts. Police said investigators are unsure if the three back seat passengers were wearing seat belts.

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