August 20, 2014

McDonald’s Restaurant Permanently Closes After Driver Crashes Through the Drive Through

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last month in Landover Hills, an apparent car-jacking ended in the alleged thief crashing the stolen vehicle into the drive-thru of a McDonald’s restaurant. According to a report by ABC 7, a young man approached the driver of an SUV asking for a ride. When he was told no, the young man implied that he had a weapon, and the SUV’s driver got out of the car and fled.

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The young man then got inside the car and drove away. A few blocks away he ran into two cars, one of which began to follow the SUV. Not long after, the SUV crashed head-on into the drive-thru of a McDonald’s restaurant.

After the accident, the driver, apparently flustered, got out of the car and tried to flee the scene. However, police caught up with him, and he admitted to stealing the car and driving it into the restaurant.

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August 13, 2014

Police Cadet Makes Illegal Turn and Kills Maryland Teacher

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Washington DC, a Maryland school teacher lost her life when she was sideswiped by a police cadet making an improper turn out of an emergency crossover. According to a report by NBC Washington, the accident occurred on Friday morning on the Capital Beltway, near the Route 50 interchange.

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Evidently, the 18-year-old cadet was driving an unmarked police SUV without the lights or sirens activated when he decided to use the emergency crossover from the Inner Loop to the Outer Loop. However, as he exited the crossover, he sideswiped a Lincoln, sending it into a nearby wall. The SUV driven by the officer then spun into a Subaru Outback.

The driver of the Lincoln, a 59-year-old Maryland school teacher, was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where she was later pronounced dead. She left behind five children and four grandchildren. The driver of the Subaru was not injured in the collision.

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August 6, 2014

Three Hospitalized in Route 155 Roll-Over Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week near Havre de Grace, a two-vehicle accident on Route 155 sent three people to the hospital. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred at 5:06, near where Route 155 meets Paradise Road.

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The woman driving the Corolla was also trapped inside her vehicle and needed to wait for emergency crews to help get her out. She sustained a head injury and was admitted into a nearby hospital. The other driver, as well as his passenger, were also taken to the hospital for the injuries they sustained in the accident. Everyone is expected to survive.

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July 23, 2014

Car Crashes into Restaurant, Sending Six to the Hospital

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month in Potomac, Maryland, a car crashed into a local restaurant for the second time this year. According to a report by a local news source, just after lunch on a Saturday an elderly woman who had just dined at the restaurant got into her car and drove through the glass front of the restaurant. Evidently, the woman thought that she had put the car in reverse, but it was actually in drive.

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Witnesses to the accident claim that it sounded like an earthquake inside the restaurant as the woman’s Honda drove over the curb, through a small fence, and into the dining area. One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and five others were treated for minor injuries. All are expected to recover.

Oddly enough, this is not the first time that a car has crashed through the glass wall of the restaurant. Nor is it the second. It is the third time in the past 15 years that someone has driven into the restaurant. The owners of the restaurant are talking about taking additional safety precautions to avoid this type of accident in the future.

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July 16, 2014

Driver Critically Injured When Another Motorist Changed Lanes into Her Vehicle

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in Silver Spring, a woman was critically injured when the car she was driving was hit by a SUV that didn’t see her when it changed lanes, colliding into her vehicle. According to a report by ABC 7, the accident occurred shortly after one in the afternoon near the intersection of Columbia Pike and Fairfield Road.

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Evidently the woman was driving in her Audi in one of the northbound lanes on Columbia Pike when a Jeep SUV changed lanes into her vehicle. The force from the collision pushed the Audi into a Lincoln Navigator, which caused it to overturn. The Audi also collided with a Saturn at some point during the accident.

The driver of the Audi was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the Lincoln Navigator was also taken to the hospital, although with less serious injuries. The other drivers were not injured in the accident.

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July 9, 2014

Teenage Girl Dies in Auto-Pedestrian Accident

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier last week, in a tragic accident in Silver Spring, a teenage girl lost her life when a car unexpectedly left the roadway and hit her while she was watching a soccer match. According to a report by ABC 7, the girl was watching the soccer match with a family friend when a 2008 Ford Escape ran over a curb, hit a sign, and eventually ran into a tree. Along its collision course, the SUV hit both the 13-year-old girl as well as the adult friend of the family.

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The teenage girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The other adult victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to fully recover. The girl’s father was coaching the soccer match and witnessed the aftermath of the accident, explaining “When I turned around, I see my daughter under the car, rolling under the car like four, five times. She was bleeding from the nose, from the mouth, from the ear...bleeding like crazy. And then she closed her eyes and that's when she died.”

Both the driver as well as the passengers of the SUV have not fully cooperated with investigators, and witnesses to the accident have been slow to come forward. Police believe that this is because the area is predominantly Hispanic, and witnesses may be fearful to come forward due to the potential immigration consequences of doing so.

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July 2, 2014

One Dead in Glen Burnie Crash, Alcohol May Have Been Involved

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month in Glen Burnie, one man lost his life and two others were injured when the car they were riding in left the roadway and crashed into a tree. According to a report by WBALTV, the accident occurred on Route 10, right before the entrance to the Capitol Beltway at around 9:30 p.m. Evidently, the driver of the car failed to properly negotiate a corner, spun off the road, and crashed into a tree.

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The driver of the car was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. The other two passengers in the car were also taken to the hospital, one in critical condition and the other in serious but stable condition.

Police are currently investigating the accident, however, they have concluded that the driver of the car was speeding at the time. Currently, police are trying to find out if alcohol was involved in the fatal single-vehicle accident.

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June 26, 2014

Baltimore Bicyclist on Cancer Benefit Ride Killed in Kentucky

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week, a tragic accident in Kentucky took the life of one Baltimore woman who was riding across the country to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. According to a report by CBS Baltimore, the 4,000-mile ride originated in Baltimore and was supposed to end up in Portland, Oregon. However, in Scott County, Kentucky, around 3:30 in the afternoon, a truck driver crashed into a crowd of bicyclists, killing the Baltimore woman and injuring one other.

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Evidently, a errant truck crashed into the crowd of bicyclists as several of them were on the side of the road changing their tires. The other injured rider decided not to complete the ride. And the uninjured teammates decided to ride for 48 hours after the fatal bicycle accident to honor their fallen teammate.

The investigation into the cause of the accident has not yet been completed, and police have not given any indications as to what may have caused the truck driver to crash into the crowd of bikers. However, police have told the public that the driver of the truck did remain on the scene and has cooperated with police thus far.

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June 16, 2014

Crash on Bay Bridge Injures Maryland Transit Officer

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Last week an accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge backed up traffic for seven miles and sent two people to the hospital, including one Maryland Transportation Authority police officer. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the accident occurred when a car heading eastbound on Route 50 drifted off the road and into the transit officer’s car, which was parked between the east-bound and west-bound lanes.

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The collision sent the police car across all three eastbound lanes of Route 50, and left the other driver’s vehicle in the leftmost lane of Route 50 westbound. Both the driver as well as the police officer were flown to the hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.

Ironically, the accident occurred on the day that Maryland Transit Authority was conducting a crack-down on the new “Move Over” law that requires motorists shift lanes away from emergency vehicles when they are present on the side of the road.

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June 9, 2014

Alcohol and Speed Responsible for Another Maryland Traffic Death

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this month in an accident that occurred in Clements, Maryland, a young woman lost her life when her car left the road and crashed into a tree, ejecting her in the process. According to a report by Southern Maryland News Net, the accident occurred near the intersection of Colton’s Point Road and Oakley Road just before seven in the evening.

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Evidently, the driver was heading southbound on Colton’s Point Road when she began to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic. As she attempted to get the car back into its proper lane, she overcorrected, and the vehicle left the road, traveling over an embankment, into the air, and ultimately into a tree. The driver was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing her seatbelt.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. There was also a three-year-old child in the car with the woman who was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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June 2, 2014

Girl Killed in Car Accident By Fleeing Murder Suspect

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

In a tragic accident out of Baltimore, a young 12-year-old girl has lost her life due to an accident that was caused by a man who fleeing police. According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the man who caused the accident was a suspect in the shooting of a 16-year-old victim earlier in the week.

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Plain clothes police officers were following the man a few days later when they witnessed him speed through an intersection and collide with a minivan. Inside the minivan were a mother and her two daughters. One of the daughters lost her life in the accident.

The driver fled the scene on foot after getting into the accident with the minivan. Police and neighbors in the area rushed outside to help the victims of the accident, and one of the victims needed to be cut out from the crumpled van. The fugitive driver was able to escape the scene of the crime and has since evaded the authorities. Police are currently looking for the man they describe as “a black man with medium build wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.”

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May 22, 2014

Elderly Driver Charged with Negligent Driving After Crashing into a Fast-Food Restaurant

by Lebowitz & Mzhen

Earlier this week in sleepy Hampstead, Maryland, a bit of excitement greeted residents at lunch hour when a car drove through two walls of a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. According to a report by a local news affiliate, just before noon last Thursday an 80-year-old driver ended up crashing through the walls of the restaurant and into the lobby.

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According to a police officer who was in the parking lot of the restaurant at the time, "The vehicle pulled forward at first, hit the curb or the building, realized it, backed up about halfway in the lot here, and then [the driver] apparently went to put it in park and put it in drive and must've gunned the gas, spun out a little bit, and went forward through both the walls.”

Luckily, no one was hurt in the strange accident, including the elderly driver. One woman, however, told reporters that she had to jump over a table when she saw the car coming towards her.

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