A teenager who has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks after his vehicle collided with a school bus has had his condition upgraded.
Stephen Drago, 18, of Ellicott City, was listed in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. He had previously been in critical condition.
Drago is a 2011 graduate of Marriotts Ridge High School. Two passengers in his vehicle during the Feb. 21 crash, both current students at the school, have been released from the hospital: Thomas Drago, 17, of Ellicott City, was released on Feb. 23. Patrick Moore, 16, of Ellicott City, was released on Feb. 28.
A Marriotts Ridge school staffer who was badly hurt in a separate crash the same day remains at the hospital.
Mary Ann Cecile Levant, 64, of Columbia, was listed in critical condition, the hospital spokeswoman said.
Levant was driving east on Route 32 near Route 29 at about 8:46 p.m. on Feb. 21 when she lost control of her vehicle, struck a guardrail on the right shoulder, then collided with another eastbound vehicle, according to the Howard County Police Department. No one else was hurt in the crash.
The students were injured earlier in the day, at about 2:35 p.m., when the vehicle Stephen Drago was driving, a 2009 Honda CRV, turned left off eastbound Route 40 and toward Pebble Beach Drive. The bus, which was headed west on Route 40 and had a green light and right of way at the intersection, collided with the passenger side of the Honda, police said.
Thomas Drago was seated on the right front side, Moore on the right rear side.
No students were in the bus at the time. Neither its driver, Ann Marie Mullinix, 52, of Sykesville, nor bus aide, Ruth Mathis, 53, of West Friendship, suffered injuries in the crash.