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June 10, 2005

Two-car accident occurs in student parking lot

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Four students were involved in a two-car accident that occurred in the student parking lot before second period exams yesterday, June 9. All four students were released from Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring last night, according to PTSA president Fran Rothstein.

Around 9:05 a.m. yesterday, juniors Gillian Couchman and Elena Ramsey were exiting the student parking lot and hit a car entering the lot, causing the entering car to spin, go airborne, flip and land upside-down, halfway in the bushes lining the exit to University Boulevard, according to administrator Linda Wanner.

Couchman, who was driving, said she did not look around the curve, and said she misjudged the speed of the other car. "It was my fault, because I didn't stop well enough," Couchman said. She and Ramsey left school early because they did not have second period exams.

Junior Farley Germain, who was playing on the adjacent softball field, ran over to help the students after the accident and turned off the engine of one of the cars.

The other driver, junior Fridayla Pal, left the accident with a swollen knee and multiple cuts on her hand. Pal's passenger, junior Michael Reives, reported having a stiff back. Couchman had a badly swollen right arm above her elbow and received some skin abrasions from the airbag. Ramsey has reported no injuries.
The accident occured by the student parking lot at the exit to University Boulevard. <a href="http://silverchips.mbhs.edu/pop.php?gr=/gr/jun2005/accident.jpg">Click  here to enlarge.</a> Ekta Taneja
The accident occured by the student parking lot at the exit to University Boulevard. Click here to enlarge.


The students were transported to Holy Cross Hospital, where their minor injuries were treated and Reives received an x-ray of his back. All four students left the hospital the same day. The students were exempted from their third and fourth period exams. Pal, Ramsey and Reives were unavailable for comment.

According to Wanner, the students were lucky, and, at least two of them, Pal and Reives, were wearing their seatbelts. "They're lucky the way the car hit," she said. "Not only did they hit the grass, but [the car] was lifted off the ground by the curb."

Wanner does not know if the students will return for the rest of their exams or if the students will be punished for leaving school grounds before 11:55 a.m.

An announcement was made at 7:25 a.m. today, June 10, alerting Blair students of the accident and warning them to drive safely. The announcement also told students not to leave school grounds before dismissal after the second examination period. NBC 4 covered the accident from its Chopper 4 camera and reported that one student was injured during their news broadcast.



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  • Andrew Tourtellot on June 10, 2005 at 11:23 PM
    Wow, I'm amazed the car ended up upside down and there were still only minor injuries.
  • Dumb Democrats= (View Email) on June 11, 2005 at 6:12 AM
    If find the title quite silly. Two-car accident gave me quite a chuckle.
  • 05 on June 11, 2005 at 10:50 AM
    1) Thought you couldn't leave after Pd. 1 exams even if you didn't have a Pd. 2 exam
    2) "Playing on the adjacent baseball field"? Is that allowed during exam periods?
    3) See what happens once the Class of 2005 leaves...
  • student on June 11, 2005 at 12:50 PM
    this is insane...how fast were these guys going IN A SCHOOL PARKING LOT to flip over?!? i honestly do not feel safe in the least at blair where if cars are nearby
  • bob on June 11, 2005 at 12:58 PM
    How fast were they going to have made the car "spin, go airborne, flip and land upside-down"? And it didn't even land that far away, just in the bushes that line the exit.

    What REALLY happened? Or is going "airborne" just sensationalism?
  • dear dumb democrats on June 11, 2005 at 3:15 PM
    amazingly, there are other things in the known universe that an automobile can hit besides another automobile.... these items include, but are not limited to: walls, railings, trees, poles, signs, and even people
  • Anonymous on June 11, 2005 at 6:27 PM
    The baseball field (there is only one, the other 2 are softball fields) is nowhere near any parking lot. Besides that no one is allowed on the baseball field without a permit or for the school baseball team.
  • hmm... on June 11, 2005 at 9:45 PM
    how come yall didnt talk about the car accident that happened on prom night??
  • reply to dumb democrats on June 12, 2005 at 12:55 PM
    it also could have been more than 2 cars.
  • another 05 on June 12, 2005 at 3:58 PM
    way to go 06!
  • Gillian on June 12, 2005 at 7:07 PM
    this SUCKS

    im suprised to hear the school is considering punishing us for leaving early that be reallly stupid.

    When i pulled out to exit from the "buses only" lane i checked very quickly, and then concentrated on university to make sure i could pull out, therefore increasing my speed when i saw no cars on univ. I didnt pay enough attention for 5 seconds and I almost killed two people.

    [censored] happens, be careful
  • WHY? on June 13, 2005 at 12:55 PM
    why didnt u tlk bout the accident that happend on prom night? it was serios and it should of been talked about.!!!!!!
    THAT IS WEIRD!!!
  • stop being mean on June 13, 2005 at 1:30 PM
    stop being so mean everyone, accidents happen and this should not be used to make anyone feel bad
  • 03 on June 13, 2005 at 3:15 PM
    The real question is how fast the car was going.
  • person on June 13, 2005 at 6:58 PM
    well...its kind of a rule that you cant leave school, so you cant really blame them
  • the n on June 14, 2005 at 9:16 AM
    wow, thats real crazy cuz i kno all the ppl who were involved n the accident...
  • 06 on June 14, 2005 at 2:20 PM
    I blame the class of 05.
  • Anonymous on June 15, 2005 at 3:06 AM
    what happened on prom night?
  • 08er on June 15, 2005 at 12:25 PM
    this is why you can't leave after the first exam!
  • bianca on June 16, 2005 at 12:05 PM
    whoa glad im gone from there, i knew all of em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • ohh sixx on June 16, 2005 at 1:33 PM
    RE to 08er:

    don't be mad cause you dont even have a car to leave from!
  • '08 (View Email) on June 16, 2005 at 8:48 PM
    but at least we're not gettin in car accidents
  • 06 on June 20, 2005 at 11:43 AM
    Youre not getting in car accidents b/c u dont have cars to drive. Youve obvuiously lost this argument
  • 07777 on June 22, 2005 at 5:02 PM
    There was a much more serious accident on prom night that shouldve definitly had an article... for those who dont know... it was a van with seniors from blair who were returning from dropping off 2 dates and were going back to after prom. They were at the light on Wayne ave. right by SSI and another car (i think it ws a blazer) hit the side of the van. The van flipped, and caught fire... it turns out the driver of the blazer was drunk. Nobody was severly hurt. Only a broken nose, stiff necks, and lots of stitches... Dont drink and drive...
  • blah on July 5, 2005 at 3:46 PM
    this particular story is getting more recognized because it happened on school property and administrators want to teach students a lesson about leaving school grounds during exams.
  • crystal smiddy on April 28, 2006 at 12:55 PM
    car accident on prom night picture
  • sara (View Email) on May 2, 2006 at 12:43 PM
    I dont think that students should be aloud to drive unless they have As and Bs in school. I think this because of this acciden and it could encourage them to do better in school.. what do you think??!!
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