Man, 77, stable after head-on crash Victim may have suffered heart attack


A 77-year-old man who may have suffered a heart attack just before a head-on crash on Route 97 yesterday was in guarded and stable condition last night in the Johns Hopkins Hospital trauma center.

William Joseph McQuay Sr., of the 4400 block of Bartholow Road, was driving his 1982 Chevrolet Malibu Classic station wagon south on Route 97 near Bartholow Road about 12:35 p.m. when witnesses saw the car cross the center line, veer right, cross the line again and crash into another car.

The station wagon spun 180 degrees and hit a guardrail, and came to rest facing north, police said.

An off-duty state trooper who witnessed the accident said the 1993 Ford Mustang driven by Jason Lee Gouge, of the 400 block of Lees Mill Road in Hampstead, was struck head-on by Mr. McQuay's car.

Police identified Mr. Gouge as the son of County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, who was in New York on county business yesterday. Mr. Gouge was not injured in the collision, police said.

Police and emergency crews said Mr. McQuay appeared to be in cardiac arrest after the accident, but was revived and was breathing when he was placed in a state police helicopter to be flown to the hospital.

Investigators said Mr. Quay sustained multiple injuries in the collision.

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