Columbia man dies when van hits tree along Route 32


A 54-year-old Columbia man was killed yesterday morning when the van he was driving struck a tree off Route 32 in Howard County, police said.

Upton Joseph Walters Jr. of the 6000 block of Tree Swallow Court was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The accident occurred on northbound Route 32, just south of Ten Oaks Road, police said.

A passenger, a 16-year-old boy, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in serious condition yesterday. The teen-ager's name was being withheld by police.

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