Once again the senseless loss of life hits the news. This time, Maryland State Police point to speeding and aggressive driving as the likely cause of a horrendous accident that left three adults and one toddler dead in the aftermath. Describing the crash, law enforcement authorities say that the multi-car crash was “uncommonly violent.”
As a Baltimore personal injury lawyer who represents victims of traffic collisions and other automotive accidents, I have helped individuals following bad accidents. This particular crash likely should never have happened. One can only feel for the families of those killed and hope that the survivors make full and rapid recoveries.
According to the news reports, the head-on collision and subsequent deaths and injuries began when a Nissan Cube stuffed with seven individuals was being driven in what police termed and aggressive manner northbound along Rte 113. Based on reports, the driver of the vehicle was traveling very fast and passing other cars on the road in posted “no-passing” zones.
Finally, around 5pm, 53-year-old Carmelo Dominguez apparently attempted to pass a tractor-trailer rig, once again in a no-passing zone. During the attempt, the Nissan collided head-on with a southbound Honda CRV. According to police, the force of the impact caused the Nissan to be thrown upward against the side of the semi trailer.
As a result of the crash, four of the seven occupants in the Nissan were killed, including the driver. Of the four, the driver’s wife, 48-year-old Evelyn E. Morales; their daughter, 23-year-old Natasha E. Dominguez; and the man’s grandson, Jose Dominguez, just two years old.
Three other occupants in the Nissan were injured, including two other young children — Yasmine Dominguez-Astacio, 4, and Christina Gonzalez, 9. All three were transported to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
Drivers of two other vehicles were also injured, including 41-year-old Mary M. Jones who was listed in good condition at the time of the news report, and 23-year-old Daniel H. Nelson. Nelson was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of the semi was not hurt in the crash.
Speeding driver blamed for crash that killed four, DelmarvaNow.com, November 4, 2010