Timothy "Tim" Hay, 25, a Washington area native who was pursuing a doctorate in music arts at the University of Arizona, died in a car accident Aug. 2 in Owings, Md.

A spokesman for the Maryland State Police said Mr. Hay, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was traveling alone in his car on Route 260 when another vehicle, heading in the opposite direction, apparently crossed the center line and collided with Mr. Hay's car. An investigation of the crash is continuing, police said.

Mr. Hay had just finished a shift at Twin Beaches Library in Calvert County and was heading home to Huntingtown, where he was staying with his parents for the summer, said his father, Richard Hay.

The younger Mr. Hay, who was born in Washington and raised in Calvert County, was planning to return to Tucson this fall for the second year of his doctoral program. In addition to his studies, he played the clarinet in a number of orchestras and wind ensembles, including the Arizona Opera Orchestra and the University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

He was a four-year honor student at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he played soccer and music before graduating in 1991. He was the recipient of music awards and scholarships. He went to Boston University, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 and receiving a master's degree in music two years later.

In addition to his father, survivors include his mother, Carolyn Hay of Huntingtown; a brother, Todd M. Hay of Basking Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Kimberly E. Hay of Richmond; and a grandmother, Rose Potter of Pensacola, Fla.