Woman critically hurt in Route 32 car crash


A 25-year-old Middle River woman was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after she was injured in a car crash Friday afternoon on Route 32.

Victoria E. Zavala, of the 400 block of Retford Way, was traveling north on Route 32 in Clarksville at 4:20 p.m. Friday when her car was hit from behind by a Porsche as she slowed down for another car in front of her.

Ms. Zavala's 1987 Hyundai was knocked across the yellow line of the two-way road and into a 1993 Chevy van heading south on Route 32.

The driver of the van, Robert E. McDonald, 34, of the 1400 block of Triadelphia Road in Dayton, and his wife, Lisa, 30, were taken to Howard County General Hospital, where they were released Saturday.

The McDonalds' children, Jonathan, 4, Robert Jr., 8, and Elizabeth, 5, were flown to the Johns Hopkins Hospital where they were in stable condition Friday. By Saturday, all the children, except Elizabeth, were released.

Police said charges are pending against the Porsche driver, 49-year-old Franklin W. Shap, of the 13000 block of Pasture Green in Clarksville. Mr. Shap refused treatment at the scene, police said.

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