A 15-year-old girl was killed and three other people were injured in a two-vehicle accident that took place in Belcamp, Maryland. As with many car accidents, the crash occurred at an intersection, just before 9:00 p.m.
The accident involved a truck and a car. The car, investigators believed, may have deviated from its lane across the center line in the road, hitting the truck head-on. The teen girl, a resident of Aberdeen, suffered critical injuries, and emergency personnel summoned to the scene were unable to save her life. She was a passenger in the car, a 2010 Nissan Versa.
Two other occupants of that car, an 18 year-old male and a 17-year-old male, also suffered injuries in the accident serious enough for them to be taken to area hospitals. The truck, a 2007 Ford Explorer pickup, was driven by a 62-year-old man from Belcamp. He was taken by ambulance to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The crash closed the road for approximately three hours as investigators attempted to reconstruct what happened. They believe that speed was a contributing factor to the accident, but it was not yet determined who was driving the car or whether vehicle occupants were wearing their required seatbelts at the time of the accident. Authorities reported that the girl’s death was the tenth traffic fatality in Harford County during 2013.
News reports did not indicate whether drug or alcohol abuse, or distracted driving, such as texting behind the wheel, played any role in the accident.
Injured persons and the surviving family of the decedent may have valid claims for personal injury and wrongful death against the driver of the car. Following such an accident, it is recommended that you quickly consult with a personal injury attorney to make sure such claims are properly preserved and are presented in a timely fashion.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Girl, 15, killed, three hurt in crash in Belcamp” No author given, Jul. 01, 2013