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Teenager killed, 2nd hurt in Central Avenue crash

An Edgewater teenager was killed and another injured early yesterday when the car in which they were riding veered off Central Avenue and crashed, Anne Arundel police said.

Police said that about 3 a.m., Michael Anthony Contic, 19, of the 1600 block of Shady Side Drive was driving east on Central Avenue near Riva Road when his car left the roadway, striking several trees and a utility pole before coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Contic was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released yesterday. His passenger, Dustin Thomas Dittes, 18, of the 500 block of Overhill Drive was thrown from the car on impact. Dittes suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead a short time later at North Arundel Hospital, police said.

Police said neither Contic nor Dittes was wearing a seat belt. The investigation is continuing.

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