July 4th crash in Bel Air sends two to hospital

An accident along the parade route Monday in Bel Air sent two people to the hospital on Independence Day.

The accident, however, took place before the route was closed to traffic and several hours before the parade began.

"We're very fortunate that the accident didn't happen while people were getting seated," Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola said Tuesday.

Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Ricardo Ferrante, 22, of the 3900 block of Park Lane in Huntingtown, Calif., was driving a 2003 Toyota south on Bond Street, according to Bel Air Police.

When the light at Baltimore Pike turned red, Ferrante continued to drive through the light and T-boned a 2008 Kia, according to Bel Air police.

The Toyota rolled into a pole on the side of the street and landed on top of a blanket that one parade attendee had laid out to mark her spot, Matrangola said.

Both Ferrante and the driver of the Kia, Eric Martinez, 54, of the 400 block of Viola Court in Bel Air, were taken to nearby Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries, according to Bel Air police.

A Bel Air police sergeant witnessed the accident. Police believe lack of attention, not any kind of substance, contributed to the crash and Ferrante is listed as the at-fault driver, according to Matrangola.

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