Mike Harrigan

Marriotts Ridge students, faculty member seriously hurt in separate car accidents

Two separate car accidents in the space of about six hours Tuesday, Feb. 21 sent two Marriotts Ridge High School students, a recent graduate from the school and a Marriotts Ridge faculty member to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

In the first accident, at about 2:35 p.m., three teens were hurt, two with life-threatening injuries, after the vehicle they were in collided with a school bus on Route 40 in Ellicott City.

No students were on the bus at the time, police said.

The vehicle's driver, Stephen Drago, 18, of Ellicott City, and Patrick Moore, 16, of Ellicott City, who was a passenger on the right rear side, were taken by helicopter to the...