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Christopher O'Neil


Christopher O'Neil died in an auto accident Friday, trying to meet his midnight curfew.

The popular 17-year-old Loyola High School student, who lived in Homeland, will be buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens today after a funeral Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

The young man was killed at 11:55 p.m. Friday when the 1990 Nissan Sentra in which he was a rear-seat passenger veered out of control on Jerome Jay Drive near Oregon Ridge, flipped over a barrier and plunged into a streambed.

Chris, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown through the rear window, Baltimore County police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Adam H. Confer, 16, of Baldwin, and another passenger, Sarah R. Cohen, 17, of the 3300 block of Fallstaff Road, both were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and were released Saturday.

According to Christopher's father, the young man had been dancing and playing pool at a party when the Confer and Cohen youngsters stopped by to drive him home to meet his midnight curfew.

The accident occurred about a mile from where Chris got into the car, Mr. O'Neil said.

Chris had completed his junior year just last week.

Born in Baltimore, he attended the Cathedral School through the sixth grade, when he switched to Loyola.

He played junior varsity soccer and lacrosse, was an excellent student and had a facility for extemporaneous speaking.

Police said Adam Confer had been drinking. However, the investigation has not been completed and no charges have been filed.

Chris is survived by his parents, Thomas F. O'Neil Jr. and Pamela O'Neil; three brothers, Thomas F. III, Stephen B. and Michael; and his grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Christopher Gerard O'Neil Memorial Trust, c/o Thomas F. O'Neil Jr., 2 E. Read St., Baltimore 21202.

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