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Jan. 12, 2007

Blair alumnus dies in single-car crash

by Julia Mazerov, Online Entertainment Editor
Parts of this article are original reporting. Information has been compiled from The Gazette news article "Man killed after running car into utility pole" and the NBC4.com news article "Crash Kills Man In Silver Spring."
<i>Photo courtesy of Silverlogue.</i>
Photo courtesy of Silverlogue.


Howard "Griff" Preston Griffin IV, a 2003 Blair alumnus, died this morning after his vehicle spun out of control and hit a utility pole. The crash occurred around 3 a.m. on Colesville Road near Franklin Avenue.

Griffin was heading northbound on Colesville Road and was approaching Leighton Avenue when the crash occurred, according to Montgomery County police. Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Griffin had been out with a group of friends preceding the accident. His friends, who were following in a second car, discovered the crash. They called the police upon arriving at the scene.

The Montgomery County Department of Police found traces of alcohol in Griffin's blood. Griffin's body is currently undergoing an autopsy.

The Griffin family will be holding a funeral service Monday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, 508 University Blvd. East, in Silver Spring.

Online staff writer Johanna Gretschel provided additional reporting.



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  • R.I.P on January 12, 2007 at 11:40 PM
    RIP Griff
    i hope emily and the family stay strong
  • emily renderos on January 13, 2007 at 11:56 PM
    i love you baby! no words can explain what i feel for you!
  • down on earth on January 14, 2007 at 8:36 AM
    RIP Griff, you'll be missed by more people than you could ever know, by the way you look handsome in that picture :)
  • respects to Howard on January 14, 2007 at 8:42 AM
    Howard was a great guy. He was caring considerate and brought smiles to our faces. he will be missed. Also, there was not enough alcohol in his system by that time of night to affect the accident.he was speeding and lost control period. autopsy reveals he died instantly. let us remember him forever.
  • Kate Eaton on January 14, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    Griff was an incredible person and could always make me laugh. The love that he and Emily shared was apparent to anyone around them. He was always so considerate in his uniquely quiet and shy way. He deserved a lot more from life and I will never forget him.
  • cori on January 15, 2007 at 5:32 PM
    forever in our hearts and minds
  • Mr.P to da Z on January 24, 2007 at 7:40 PM
    R.I.P son
  • Lauren on January 29, 2007 at 10:39 AM
    although I didnt know you very well, you will be missed. Rest in peace...
  • Constance (View Email) on February 3, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    My heart goes out to Griffin's family, may God comfort their hearts and console them, even as they've ost a huge part of their family.
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