Three students killed in collision with U-Haul truck in Calvert County; Second driver reported in very critical condition


Three high school students were killed yesterday when their car and a truck collided head-on near the entrance of the community of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, south of Lusby in Calvert County, state police said.

Pete Piringer, a state police spokesman, said the car's driver, Michael Keith Vito, 17, and Jacqueline Suzanne Rose, 14, both of Lusby, and Rachel Lynn Thomas, also 14, of Solomons, were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims attended Patuxent High School in Lusby.

He said the truck driver, Donald Lee Roberts, 35, also of Lusby, suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to Prince George's Hospital Shock Trauma Center in Cheverly, where he was in very critical condition last night.

According to Piringer, Vito was driving a 1998 Ford Mustang south on a straight section of Rousby Hall Road -- Maryland 760 -- about five miles south of Lusby about 2: 30 p.m. and was passing another car when he collided head-on with a northbound U-Haul truck driven by Roberts.

Piringer said the impact caused both vehicles to collapse like telescopes.

Piringer said each of the students and the truck driver wore seat belts, but that the force of the impact was too great to avoid serious injury or death.

He said the other car, occupied by Patuxent High students, was not involved in the crash.

Piringer said the official cause of the accident was being investigated.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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