Police in Maryland have reported that a 44-year-old woman was killed and three others were injured in a June 16 chain reaction accident in Anne Arundel County that involved seven vehicles. Police say that the driver of the sanitation truck that caused the crash made no effort to stop his vehicle or avoid a collision. Investigators say that excess speed is also thought to have been a contributory factor. Authorities are said to be reviewing the accident reports before deciding if any charges are warranted.
According to a police report, the woman’s Honda Accord sedan was stationary at a red light on Richie Highway in Pasadena with several other vehicles when a sanitation truck struck it from behind. The accident took place at approximately 2:10 p.m. near Jumpers Hole Road. The sanitation truck struck the Honda with sufficient force to push it forward and to one side. Witnesses say that the truck then continued on and struck several more of the vehicles that had been waiting for the signal to turn green.
Emergency medical personnel pronounced the Arnold woman dead at the scene. Three other accident victims were transported to a Glen Burnie hospital with minor injuries. They have all since been released. A number of other vehicle occupants are said to have refused medical treatment at the scene.
While this crash may have been caused by brake failure or some other form of mechanical problem, accidents of this kind are often the result of distracted driving. Negligent drivers are seldom eager to admit that they were not paying proper attention to the road ahead in the moments before a crash, and personal injury attorneys seeking compensation for accident victims may request their cellphone usage details or the data recorded by their vehicles to establish reckless behavior.