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Smithsburg man dies after two-vehicle crash

March 15, 2008|By DON AINES

SMITHSBURG -- A Smithsburg father of three died Friday night at Washington County Hospital following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Smithsburg Pike and Bradbury Ave., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Steven Michael Hutchison, 48, of 22814 Welty Church Road, died of injuries he sustained in the 7:03 p.m. accident, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle, an unidentified 17-year-old boy, sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was treated at the hospital and later released, police said.

Hutchison, a firewall security systems software developer for Sourcefire in Columbia, Md., was northbound in a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta on Smithsburg Pike and the juvenile was eastbound in a 2003 Ford F-150 on Bradbury Avenue, police said.

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The juvenile failed to stop at the stop sign and drove into the intersection, striking the driver's side of the Jetta and causing the car to flip end-over-end, police said.

Alcohol or drugs were not believed to have been a factor in the accident, police said. Both Hutchison and the juvenile were wearing seat belts, police said.

The accident was under investigation, Deputy Jasen Logsdon said.

Logsdon said there was another boy in the pickup truck who refused medical treatment at the scene. The policy of the sheriff's department is to not release the names of juveniles, he said.

Pattie Hutchison, Steven Hutchison's wife of 20 years, said the couple has three children, Eric, who is in college, and Elizabeth and Jacob, both of whom attend Smithsburg High School. Though he was two years older than her, the couple shared the same birthday and grew up together in Etchison, Md., she said.

"He was a great dad. He loved his children," she said. "He loved to read books. He loved to go to college and learn."

In addition to being an award-winning software developer, Steven Hutchison also enjoyed riding his horse and raising dogs, she said. He also was a collector of Civil War memorabilia, she said.

"I'm going to miss him so much," Pattie Hutchison said. "He was my buddy."

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