Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Laytonsville man hurt in fatal Howard County crash

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A Laytonsville man was seriously injured in a Howard County crash last week that resulted in one death and homicide charges against the driver of the car he was riding in.

Joshua Booth, 20, was traveling in a 2006 BMW M6 driven by Joel Nathaniel Wareham, 22, at about 7:30 p.m. on Frederick Road in Lisbon when the speeding vehicle struck a 2001 Ford Explorer head-on, according to a Howard County Police statement. The driver of the Ford, Milton Stanley Bowens Sr., 64, of Mount Airy, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither Wareham, of Martinsburg, W. Va., nor Booth were wearing seatbelts, and both were ejected from the car, police said. They were admitted to the University of Maryland's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in serious but stable condition.

Wareham was charged by West Virginia authorities for homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol as well as six other charges.

The Ford's passengers - Adrienne Jones, 44, of Mount Airy and her daughters Corin Disney, 16, and Jasmin Disney, 13 - were taken to hospitals, police said.