Police Identify Prospect Road Crash Victims

All five occupants of the Mazda that crashed Saturday night were Harford County residents.

Three Harford County residents in their early 20s were killed Saturday night in a crash on Prospect Road, according to Maryland State Police. Two others were taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma.

Police said preliminary investigation indicated Tyler G. Anderson, 21, of Jarrettsville was driving a 2008 Mazda 3 eastbound on Prospect Road when he lost control of the vehicle, which went off-road, became airborne, hit a tree and broke in half upon impact.

A passerby reported seeing a vehicle off the road on MD Route 646 (Prospect Road) near Mill Green Road at 11:29 p.m., according to police.

Anderson was killed, and so were passengers Shawn Ponton, 21, of Jarrettsville and Alexzandria McDowell, 20, of Street. Police said that all three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two passengers were flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Theresa M. Owensby, 19, of Bel Air, and David E. Clark, 21, of Street, remained at shock trauma Sunday morning.

Prospect Road was closed from midnight to 7:20 a.m. as officials investigated the crash, according to reports from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Due to the severity of the damage, state police said it has not been determined whether people in the car were wearing seatbelts. At least two people were ejected from the vehicle, police said.

When first responders arrived at the crash site, half of the car was in a ravine 100 feet from the other half.

A cause has not been determined and nothing has been ruled out, Maryland State Police said in a statement issued before noon on Sunday.

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harold November 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
It doesn't really matter what happened. Three young peoples families have to deal with losses and two more are in shock trauma. Prayers to all that is involved
EMMS November 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The bottom line is there are families grieving for their losses. Blessings to the families in the difficult days ahead.
karenfranklin November 19, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Tyler you r a great friend my family will always miss u Tyler we will miss u at dinner my son will miss u Tyler u had a great life ur smile was always so big ...u were always there for everyone ....thank u for the great memories that u have giving my parents my son and my self and my bro u guys were best friends for a really long time ....we love and miss u Tyler
rebeccacosenza November 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Im sorry but sergio really? One three young kids lost there lives in this accident so nothing else really matters. But for you to be so narrow minded to actually go look up yhe drivers record is so pathetic and i assume u were expecting to find what? Drinking or drug charges and since u didnt u had to put that he had a speeding ticket which more then half of america have on there records? U have some nerve families lost loved ones and thats all u have to say? U disgust me. And to the families and the survivors you all are in my families prayers!
PurpleNeons November 19, 2012 at 07:46 AM
First, my condolences and prayers for those involved. Please know that the deceased are in a good place right now and are being well taken care of. Secondly, I am so sick and tired of these LOSERS coming on here after every tragedy and posting traffic and criminal offenses. What a pitiful life you lead Sergio when the first thing you do after an accident is rush to court records to find something negative to say.....millions daily get speeding tickets....get help you piece of garbage
Prayer Warrior November 19, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I agree Carrie posting anything negative about this accident is truly heartless and unnecessary. I will be say a special prayer for Tyler and his family and friends and all those who was involved in this accident. I will also be saying a prayer for Sergio
katie November 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I grew up with Tyler and Shawn and I will have to say that every single day, they were the nicest, most caring individuals. Knowing 3 of the 5 people in the accident personally has shaken the class of 2009 to its core. For those who come on here and try to blame it on something else, well you have issues. Tyler was extremely respectful, one of the best people I know, and the same goes for Shawn. So please, think about what you say before you post anything here. They were my friends...and I truly miss them...
Amanda November 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were lost and with those of the survivor, he will unfortunatly be left to deal with the loss of his friends and I'm sure a very long road to recovery. While yes speed was a factor, I am sure that Tyler did not mean to injure let alone kill himself and his friends! Unfortunately kids will be kids, and its unfortunate that one night of fun has impacted so many people. Rather then look at the faults of this accident and point fingers of blame, let us instead support and allow these families and friends to grieve and prepare themselves for a very devastating tradgy. I thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected and well wishes to the only survivor who will have a very tough road to recovery and adjustment to what has occurred.
chris underwood November 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Little Shawnie was our next door neighbor...myself,my wife,my children were all so lucky to have known this truly amazing young man..just hours before so many lost so much..we thankfully got the chance to see shawn..he came over to the house to see us from just arriving home from college..wow the kids really loved him!..we will never forget that goofy smile..our love and respect go to his greiving family..mom,dad,and big sis..we are so very sad for such a tragic loss..he will be missed forever..We love you Shawn...The Underwoods
Deb Goll November 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Some mistakes and poor judgement are worse than others. Before you let your fingers type something stupid, ask yourself this..am I perfect? Have I never made a mistake in my life? Nobody can answer yes to these questions therefore keep your fingers off the keyboard and your mouth shut! Please let these families grieve and deal with this tragedy without you slinging mud. It is totally uncalled for. May these youngsters rest in peace...pray for the survivor...pray for family and friends of all of them. Be thankful it is not you suffering this terrible loss. Pull together as a family, community and county to support those touched by this terrible tragedy. My prayers are with everyone...may each and every one of these youngsters rest in peace.
Mara November 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Sergio.... U r sick and twisted to post such a thing... Let these poor families grieve, let the survivors feel GOD's loving arms around all of these families... I will pray for you Sergio.... I will pray that you never know the pain and loss these families are dealing with... GOD does not like ugly Sergio.... If you had a relationship with GOD, you might not be so ignorant and thoughtless
Sherry November 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
It is with great sadness to see so many young people have to die, in this tragic car accident with there whole life ahead of them. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family's.
Sherry November 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Sergio, this is not important in this time of mourning for the living family's! You should be ashamed of yourself!
Hollee Sifford November 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
VERY Sad I pray for the families and friends of these young teenagers that lost their lives...I agree with debbie we need to come together as a community,county and hold these families up in prayer
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We have deleted some comments about the status of the victims at shock trauma as we verify their conditions. If you have information, please email elizabeth.janney@patch.com.
Debbie November 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Although many times I have read comments posted I have never posted a comment but as a Mom my heart breaks for these families so how anyone could post something negative I can't begin to understand, you should be ashamed. To the families of these young adults I extend my deepest sympathy. To the first responders thank you for what you do everyday, to the first arrivers at the scene thank you for being the caring individuals you are.
Linda Stine Flint November 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I know as a Mother is it is hard to take the news or that phone call....Saying prayers for the families of all involved.
KMLyons November 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the families and friends of those killed and many prayers for the full recovery of the two people still at Shock Trauma. May those killed rest in peace.
Terry November 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Just terrible especially now that it's the holidays! These things do happen all year long but just seem more tragic at holiday time
Tambra November 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I knew Shawn Ponton from working with his mom. He is such a bright and nice young man. My heart greives at the sound he lost his life. My prayers and thoughts are with the Ponton family and the other families affected. May God be with you through the Holidays. RIP Shawny Boy
Justin November 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
My thoughts are with all the families as they mourn. I know people who knew Tyler though i don't know him myself. The only thing i heard is that he was going around 120mph......why.....just slow down
Susan November 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Well said Amanda.
Jean November 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
May they rest in Peace with God. Prayers to the families left behind.
lynn November 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I worked with Regina Ponton and I can't imagine what she is going through. As a mother, this is the absolute worst news parents can get. My heart goes out to all the families. Rest in peace, and may God give the survivors the strength to deal with the aftermath.
LMB November 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these kids. So sad. I travel Prospect Rd alot. Im always careful because of the curves, hills and deer. I cant tell you the number of times someone has flew by me because im going to slow.Most of the time its a middle aged man in a big truck, alot of times a company truck! We ALL need to be careful out there!
Heidi Noe November 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
go away with your nastiness...sergio!! Bye!!
beaverhousen November 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM
This is such a sad incident. I work with one of the victims mother and i cant imagine what she is going through right now. My heart truly goes out to everyone involved and their families. I understand y someone would want to pull up the drivers driving record. But emotions r still running high and posting about a silly little 2 point speeding ticket is pathetic. Its not like the kid got clocked at some outrageous speed. With a tragedy such as this i just hope people realize how precious life is. Hug the people u love and never be afraid to tell them u care. U never know if itll be the last time u talk to them/see them/ or hold them.
Lil November 21, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I knew Tyler, and he was an amazing person. Sergio, you are heartless and cruel as to have the nerve to look up his driving record. He did not do drugs,he was not an alcoholic. He had a smile for everyone and a compliment. Also, the boy flown to shock trauma was the brother of my cousins best friend. Tyler was an only child, and his parents sun moon and stars. My prayers go out to all those affected.
Paul November 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I do not live in Harford County, and I certainly did not know the victims. But this story has moved me and the families of the victims should know that someone far away has been touched by their story. While I am in the middle of my life I can say with certainly that there have been times when I could have been in the same situation: it is providence that I was never injured or even in an accident. These terrible tragedies or near tragedies are part of life, and the devastating results are random and certainly unfairly meted out. None of us knows when or how we will be affected, either directly or indirectly, by a potential tragedy becomeing an actual one. I guess what I am saying is that we are all drivers, passengers, bystanders, victims, contributors, survivors, friends and families to all involved at some point in our lives in horrible circumstances that may or may not result in actual tragedy: entirely by accident, luck or divine intervention.
karry allen February 01, 2013 at 06:13 AM
ive known alexzandria when she was a little girl,and even as a little kid she was a wonderful person. my prayers and thoughts go out to not only her family, which i know very well, but the other kids who passed, but it's harder on the ones still here. god bless everyone involved in this tragedy.....from my heart to yours.


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