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Boy, 11, dies after accident

April 07, 2000

An 11-year-old boy died Thursday, a day after he was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Dual Highway.

Michael Morgan died at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

Michael was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that was rammed from behind by a pickup truck driven by Joseph Caviness, 27, of Maugansville, Maryland State Police said.

The impact pushed the Mustang into the rear of a dump truck that was stopped for a school bus that was picking up children near the Interstate 70 ramp at 8:30 a.m., police said.

The Mustang was operated by Joann Golden of Hancock, who was listed in fair condition at Washington County Hospital Thursday.

Golden's relationship to Michael was unclear Thursday.

Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage said Hancock Middle-Senior High School Principal Robert "Bo" Myers, had begun preparing a crisis team approach for Michael's classmates when it was learned the child had been injured.

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Trooper 1st Class R.R. Coccodrilli was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long said it is standard procedure in fatal accidents for police to conduct an investigation and then present their findings to his office for determination of what charges, if any, are to be filed.

-Marlo Barnhart

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