According to Maryland State Police, the driver of a Subaru who suddenly lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the center median was struck by another vehicle and killed. The 43-year-old Annapolis native had gotten out of his vehicle after the accident and was standing in a travel lane when a Ford SUV struck him and his Subaru. He was pronounced dead at the scene that occurred on westbound Route 50 at South Haven Road near the Interstate 97 exit.
The incident took place around 2:10 a.m. on Jan. 7; the other driver, a 30-year-old Hyattsville native, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown. Authorities say they do not yet know if charges related to the accident will be filed. They are still investigating both collisions. While it is unknown what caused the initial accident, police did say that the roadway had no overhead lights in that particular area.
In a situation like this, an accident reconstruction may help authorities determine why the man who was fatally wounded lost control of his vehicle. Observing the specific time of night that the accident took place may also help them identify if poor lighting contributed to the other vehicle striking the man. If any witnesses were present, police may interview them to understand if the driver of the Ford appeared suspicious.
Poor visibility in the area may be a factor. Other situations such as distracted driving, driving while talking on the phone, driving while impaired or negligent driving may also contribute to an accident. An attorney may be able to help sort out the reports and public evidence in order to determine if a wrongful death lawsuit is a viable legal avenue for the surviving family.