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Crash on Maryland 31 proves fatal

Law enforcement officers with the Westminster Police Department are investigating a fatal wreck on Maryland 31. The accident, which claimed the life of a 74-year-old Westminster woman, took place on April 27 near Uniontown Road.

Sources report the accident involved three vehicles. A 31-year-old man driving a 2002 Saturn was reportedly heading northbound on Maryland 31 when he allegedly failed to slow for stopped traffic at a red light. Police say he then collided with a stopped Toyota Corolla being driven by a Westminster man. According to officers, the force of that collision caused the Saturn to then veer off into oncoming traffic, where his car then struck the 74-year-old woman's 2016 Dodge head-on.

Emergency responders transported the woman to Carroll Hospital for the treatment of injuries deemed serious. She was then transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she later died of the injuries she had received. Both of the other drivers also required transportation to area hospitals for injuries that were deemed minor. Law enforcement officers said that the investigation is continuing, and no arrests had been made at the time of the initial report.

Many motor vehicle accidents are the result of distracted driving. A driver who is talking or texting on a cellphone and who fails to notice that traffic ahead has slowed or stopped can cause a collision that can result in catastrophic and sometimes fatal injuries. It is important for motorists to remain focused on the road around them so they can react quickly when they need to do so. In addition to potential criminal charges being lodged against them, negligent drivers may be held responsible for their victims' losses through personal injury lawsuits filed with the assistance of attorneys.

Source: Carroll County Times, "Westminster police investigating fatal Md. 31 crash," April 28, 2016.

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