Girl hit by van dies in hospi­tal

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

A teen girl who was hit by a van while rid­ing a bi­cy­cle across a Wal­dorf in­ter­sec­tion on Wed­nes­day has died from her in­juries, po­lice said.

She has been iden­ti­fied as Na­dine Rafaella So­quiño Leyson, 15, of Wal­dorf.

Around 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 24, deputies with 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 Leyson, who had been crit­i­cally in­jured in the col­li­sion, au­thor­i­ties said. The driver of the van, 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, Leyson en­tered the cross­walk on her bi­cy­cle. The driver had in­suf­fi­cient time to react and struck the girl, a press re­lease states.

Leyson was flown to a hospi­tal, but suc­cumbed to her in­juries late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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

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