An 85-year-old Brandywine woman was killed in an Oct. 25 car accident that occurred at 12:55 p.m. in Waldorf, Maryland. The crash took place at the intersection of Poplar Hill Road and St. Peter’s Church Road, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The Brandywine woman was driving a Honda CRV and traveling north on Poplar Road at the time of the accident.
As the Honda driver turned onto St. Peter’s Church Road at the intersection, she reportedly failed to yield to an oncoming Toyota RAV4. The Toyota, driven by a 65-year-old woman from Waldorf, was traveling south when both vehicles collided at the intersection. Both women were taken to the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center for what appeared to be minor injuries at the time. A 19-year-old man was a passenger in the Toyota but was not injured in the accident.
Once both injured drivers were taken to the hospital, doctors realized that the Honda driver’s injuries were more serious than they first thought. She was then airlifted to Prince George’s Hospital Center for advanced treatment where she later died. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.
From driving while talking on the phone to drunk driving, there can be many factors in determining that a driver acted negligently. Furthermore, failure to offer a full duty of care or adhere to traffic laws might also be considered negligence by the courts. If a deceased driver is found to have liability for the crash, the injured driver may be eligible for compensation from that driver’s estate.
Source: The Bay Net, “Weekend Charles County crash results in woman’s death”, October 27, 2014