The parents of a 14-year-old Highland girl, who was killed nearly two years ago when a car driven by an underage boy crashed, have filed a $12.5 million civil lawsuit against the boy's parents, his estate and insurance company.
The driver of the car and another teen-age girl were also killed in the accident, which occurred shortly after midnight on Nov. 16, 1992.
Michael and Gloria Hall, whose daughter Angela Marie Hall died in the accident, filed the suit in Howard County Circuit Court on July 14 against Bert and Carole Levy, their 15-year-old son's estate and the State Farm Insurance Co.
The Hall youth was killed when a car driven by Daniel Ross Levy veered off the road and struck a brick column mailbox, a utility pole and a tree on Route 108. Carrie Rebecca Simmons, 15, was also in the car and was killed. The Simmons family is not involved in the lawsuit.
In the suit, the Halls claim that the Levys share responsibility for the accident because they did not prevent their son from taking the keys to their 1990 Geo Prizm several hours before the accident.
The suit also says the Levy youth had taken the car several times before the night of the accident.
"[The Levys] failed to stop Daniel Levy from obtaining keys to their automobile despite their knowledge that their son had a history of taking the keys, and was an underaged, inexperienced and unlicensed driver," the suit says.
Angela was a freshman at Glenelg High School, and Carrie, who lived in Ellicott City, was a sophomore at Mount Hebron High School. Both died several hours after the accident.
Daniel lived in Columbia and was a student at both the Howard County School of Technology and Howard High School. He died immediately. None of the youths were wearing seat belts.
The suit claims that the Levys were negligent because they should have taken steps to make sure their son did not have access to their car keys.
Mrs. Levy said that she and her husband put an anti-theft device on the car's steering wheel to prevent their son from taking the car.
"I've never really known how Daniel did bypass the measures we took," Mrs. Levy said. "We did the best we could."
In addition to the Levys, the State Farm Insurance Co. of Germantown and Phillip Potts, a Baltimore attorney handling the estate of Daniel Levy, are listed as defendants.
The Halls have requested a jury trial.
The suit has been assigned to Judge James Dudley, but no proceedings have been scheduled.