Teen crit­i­cally in­jured in ac­ci­dent

Was rid­ing bike near Wal­dorf in­ter­sec­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A teen girl was flown to the hospi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter she was struck by a van on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon while rid­ing a bi­cy­cle in Wal­dorf,

ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Around 1:15 p.m., deputies of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the area of Mid­dle­town Road and Ethridge Drive for a re­ported ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a bi­cy­clist. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers found the girl, 15, suf­fer­ing from what ap­peared to be crit­i­cal in­juries, au­thor­i­ties say. The driver of the SUV, a woman who had been trav­el­ing north­bound on Mid­dle­town Road, re­mained at the scene.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the driver’s view was ob­structed by other ve­hi­cles stopped in the left, north­bound lane, po­lice say. As the driver ap­proached the in­ter­sec­tion, the girl en­tered the cross­walk on her bi­cy­cle. The driver had in­suf­fi­cient time to re­act and struck the girl, a press re­lease states.

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice traf­fic op­er­a­tions unit is con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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