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Man is in critical condition after crash that killed daughter

January 20, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

The Keedysville man who survived a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning in Jessup, Md., that claimed the life of his daughter and another girl was in critical condition Sunday night in a Baltimore hospital.

Douglas Scott Smith, 38, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in critical condition Sunday, according to a nursing supervisor there.

The two children were killed when the Jeep Cherokee they were in veered off Interstate 70 and struck a tree, Maryland State Police at the Waterloo, Md., barrack said.

Amanda Smith, 6, daughter of the driver, was wearing a seat belt in the back seat, Trooper Eric Diggs said.

Lindsay Lazo, 8, of Laurel, Md., was in the front seat and was not wearing a seat belt, he said. Both were dead when police and paramedics arrived.

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No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and investigators were still working Sunday to find any witnesses who saw the Cherokee run off the road.

The accident happened at about 10:47 a.m. east of U.S. 97. Diggs said investigators don't know if weather was a contributing factor.

Carol Mowen, spokeswoman for Washington County Public Schools, said Sunday night that as is customary, a crisis team will assemble at Amanda Smith's school, Pleasant Valley Elementary, on Tuesday when classes resume after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday today.

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