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Marriotts Ridge staffer dies 4 months after car crash

A Marriotts Ridge High School faculty member critically injured in a car accident in February has died, school administrators said.

Mary Ann Levant, 64, an Advanced Placement coordinator at the school, died June 22.

Levant was involved in a two-vehicle accident Feb. 21, when she was driving east on Route 32 near Route 29 and lost control of her 2003 Toyota Avalon. Her car struck a guardrail on the right shoulder of the road.

Her car then collided with a 1996 Ford Explorer, that was also headed east on Route 32. No one else was hurt in the crash, according to county police. Levant was sent to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore in critical condition.

"From that point on, Ms. Levant used all her strength to work toward recovery," Marriotts Ridge Principal Addie Kaufman said in an email sent Monday to the school community, "however, she ultimately lost the battle at the end of this past week."

Patrick Saunderson, principal at Reservoir High School, where Levant's husband, Reg Hahne, is a computer science teacher, sent an email to the Reservoir community Friday notifying them of Levant's death.

"(Levant) was a wonderful person who had worked in the county school system for over thirty years," Saunderson said in his email. "Mary Ann touched many lives and her legacy will live on."

Levant had been with the school system since 1973. In that time, Saunderson said, she worked at Phelps Luck Elementary, the Homewood Center and Marriotts Ridge.

Levant's crash was the second that day involving members of the Marriotts Ridge community.

Stephen Drago, 18, a 2011 Marriotts Ridge graduate, and Thomas Drago, 17, and Patrick Moore, 16, both students at the school, were in Stephen Drago's 2009 Honda CRV when it collided with a school bus on Route 40.

All three men were taken to Shock Trauma — Stephen Drago with life-threatening injuries — but all have since recovered. Nobody on the bus was hurt.

That accident occurred at about 2:35 p.m., about six hours before Levant's crash.

A "Celebration of Life" for Levant will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Reservoir auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, Kaufman said, Levant's husband has asked for donations to Shock Trauma, or to Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

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