2 teen girls die, 2 critically hurt in Bethesda crash


Two teen-age girls were killed and two others were critically injured yesterday when their car crashed into a concrete median, spun across the road and crashed into a tree. The force of the impact split the car in half.

The driver, Elizabeth Clark, 16, had obtained her provisional driver's license just three weeks ago, Montgomery County police said. It required her to be off the road at midnight, an hour before the 1 a.m. accident.

Miss Clark and her front-seat passenger, Katherine Zirkle, 16, were declared dead at the scene, police said. Two back-seat passengers were admitted to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda -- Elinor Andrews, 15, who was in critical condition last night, and Gretchen Sparrow, 16, in serious condition.

The accident occurred on River Road at Wilson Lane, less than a mile from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, where the four girls were students. Police attributed the accident to speed and driver error.

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