Fatal accident laid to speed, driver error WEST COLUMBIA


Howard County Police said driver error and speed appeared to have contributed to a 2:45 a.m. accident which killed Brian P. Wheeler of the 6400 block of Lochridge Road in the Village of Hickory Ridge.

Another man in the car, James D. Jones, 23, also of the 6400 block of Lochridge Road, was treated at Howard County General Hospital and released.

A police spokesman did not know which man was driving the car and said the accident remains under investigation.

Police said the car, a 1989 Chevrolet Corvette, was eastbound in the 14000 block of Triadelphia Mill Road near Triadelphia Mill Farms when the accident occurred.

The car ran off the road at a curve, smashed through a wooden fence and landed in a pond, where it became submerged, police said.

Mr. Wheeler's body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.


*Town Center: 10200 block of Wincopin Circle: On Sept. 27, someone stole a $100 pair of designer glasses, a $350 brown leather jacket and two pairs of $48 Banana Republic jeans.

Wilde Lake: 5700 block of Cedar Lane: Someone smashed the driver's side door to a 1980 Chevrolet Chevette while it was parked on a parking lot Wednesday.

Hickory Ridge: 10700 block of Bridlerein Terrace: Someone stole a $770 black, gas-powered go-cart from a patio between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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