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Two Prospect Road Crash Survivors in Critical Condition

Theresa Owensby and David Clark are at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two people remain in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash in northern Harford County that killed three over the weekend.

Theresa Owensby, 19, of Bel Air and David Clark, 21, of Street are at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where a spokeswoman said they were listed in critical condition Monday. 

Five people were in the 2008 Mazda 3 that went off road on MD Route 646 near Mill Green Road at approximately 11:29 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

"Investigators believe the vehicle turned sideways, went up onto the top of a guardrail and became airborne," Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said Monday. "Then it struck several small trees before...it struck the large tree, and that’s when it came apart; the rear [of the car] remained in the tree."

Police said that the other half of the vehicle was found in a ravine.

Three people were ejected from the vehicle, Shipley said, and pronounced dead at the scene: Tyler Anderson, 21, of Jarrettsville, who was driving; Shawn Ponton, 21, of Jarrettsville; and Alexzandria McDowell, 20, of Street.

The two survivors were sitting in the back seat, said Shipley, who noted it was unclear where the other two passengers had been before they were ejected.

Owensby and Clark were taken by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. As of Monday, their condition is "critical," which the American Hospital Association defines as meaning vital signs are unstable, the patients may be unconscious and indicators are not favorable.

At the time of the crash, the group of five friends—including North Harford High School sweethearts McDowell and Clark—was on the way to Anderson's home, according to WBAL-TV. The TV station reported that friends of the victims brought candles, flowers and wreaths to the crash site as of Sunday evening.

Maryland State Police is handling the investigation, which is continuing. The speed the vehicle was traveling was not known as of Monday.

"We have not determined the cause of the crash," Shipley said. "These detailed crash investigations can take weeks or even months sometimes. Our crash team works up all of their data and analyzes evidence from the scene and the vehicle, so it may take some time."

Added Shipley: "Nothing has been ruled out."

This is the 11th fatal crash in Harford County on state roads this year, according to Maryland State Police. In those 11 crashes, police said 16 people have died.

See Also:

  • Police Identify Prospect Road Crash Victims
  • UPDATE: 3 Dead After Prospect Road Crash
Robert Kraft November 20, 2012 at 04:07 AM
So sad. Prayers to the families and friends, and may the two in the hospital make a full recovery!
kim snyder November 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
our thoughts and prayers are with these families I can't imagine having to bury my child. May god be with them .
Miranda Luby November 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Lets God give Theresa and Dave the strength to pull through! I'll never forget your beautiful smile Alex, we were so close growing up and it's just do hard to believe this happened. Rest easy Alex, Tyler, and Shawn... You'll never be forgotten. The memories of you all will stay close to everyone's heart.
Colin November 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Any updates on this i heard something but i do not want to spread a rumor if its false
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
We are checking and will let you know ASAP.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) November 21, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Both patients are listed as "critical" as of Tuesday night, according to shock trauma.
Elizabeth Janney (Editor) November 22, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Theresa Owensby and David Clark remain in critical condition as of Wednesday evening, shock trauma told Patch.
MT November 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM
any update on Theresa and David, I drive past the accident site 2 times a day and am praying for them to pull thru.
Jean Wilson November 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Do you know where Alex was buried ? My daughter was friends with her in high school and at college, had to miss the funeral because she was sick, and really would like to know where she is buried. Thanks so much !!
Penny November 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Jean, here is the link for Alex... http://www.evansfuneralchapel.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1829181&fh_id=10838

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