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Seton School Latin teacher, 81, killed in car crash

An 81-year-old Latin teacher was killed Wednesday in Manassas when he tried to make a left turn and entered the path of an approaching car.

Sylvester Richard Terza Jr. of Manassas Park was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry. His two passengers, a 65-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman, were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Seton School, a Catholic school in Manassas where Terza taught Latin, said on its Web site that he was a beloved instructor. The school’s students are required to take at least one year of Latin.

Prince William County police said that Terza stopped at a stop sign on Stonehouse Drive, then started to turn left onto Williamson Boulevard. His car was hit by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling west on Williamson Boulevard.

The driver of the other car, a 49-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries, police said. Police said that speed, alcohol and drugs did not contribute to the crash, and the driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was not charged with any vehicular crime.

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