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Glendening, 2 others suffer minor injuries in car crash


Gov. Parris N. Glendening was left bruised and sore -- but not seriously injured -- after his car collided with another vehicle yesterday morning at a Prince George's County intersection.

The driver of Glendening's car, state police Cpl. Dan Naples, was released after hospital treatment for a head cut.

The operator of the other car, Kevin J. Becker, 20, of Riverdale was in fair condition and was expected to remain overnight at Prince George's Hospital Center. He was charged with four traffic violations, including failure to yield the right of way and failure to use a seat belt, state police said.

The accident occurred about 7: 20 a.m. on East-West Highway near 58th Avenue in Riverdale, where police said Becker's 1985 Dodge crossed into the path of Glendening's 1996 Lincoln Town Car. The governor was being driven east from his Hyattsville home to work in Annapolis.

According to police, Becker tried to cut across traffic illegally.

After the accident, Glendening canceled two morning appointments but was back on the job later in the day, his office said.

In a statement, Glendening expressed relief that nobody suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident.

"Fortunately, Corporal Naples and I were both wearing our seat belts, and our air bags activated on impact. I know that our injuries were minimized because of those safety devices," the governor said.

The accident occurred on the day the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee heard testimony on legislation that would make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense -- that is, one for which a police officer can stop a driver without observing another violation.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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