Three people died in Baltimore on Sunday when their SUV was hit by a Baltimore City fire truck at the intersection of Clarks Lane and Park Heights Avenue.
The deadly crash happened after 3 am when a ladder truck, rushing to the scene of an apartment building fire struck the Nissan SUV. The force of impact sent the sports utility vehicle careening into a utility pole.
Married couple Mikhail and Iryna Patrov and their friend Igor Saub were taken to Sinai Hospital where they were declared dead. Igor leaves behind a fiancé. A family friend says his body will have to be flown back to Ukraine. The Petrovs are Ukranian. They leave behind a grown daughter and son. The three victims were returning from a party when the fatal motor vehicle crash happened.
The ladder truck, which drove off the road and down an embankment, was carrying four fire officials. All four of them were treated for minor injuries.
If someone you love has died in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to sue the negligent person or entity for wrongful death.
Sources say that a surveillance camera has video footage of the fire truck speeding into the intersection. A second unit may have seen the ladder truck run a red light.
Maryland and Baltimore both require that emergency vehicles stop at red lights and use lights and sirens when rushing to an emergency scene.
Fire officials and police are investigating the scene to determine who caused the accident. The intersection reportedly does not have a turn signal. One resident who lives in the area says that motor vehicle accidents are a frequent occurrence at this intersection.
Surviving family members may be able to recover medical costs, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of support, and other related losses.
Family Plans Funerals after Fire Truck Crash, ABC2news.com, December 11, 2007
Three people killed after SUV, fire truck crash in city, Baltimore Sun.com, December 11, 2007
Investigation Continues Into Fire Truck Accident, WJZ.com, December 11, 2007
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Maryland Wrongful Death Statute (PDF)
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