Three members of a family of four who were on a bicycle ride on Sunday morning were injured in Anne Arundel County when they were hit by a car driven by a Laurel woman who lost control of her 2001 Nissan Altima. The driver of the vehicle, 63-year-old Laurel resident Romota Olumemisi Koletowo, died from her Maryland car accident injuries. She had to be extricated from her car, which had rolled over.
According to police, Koletowo drove her vehicle off the road, struck a light pole, and crossed a bike path before hitting the bench where 36-year-old Franz Clementschitsch was sitting. He was thrown some 38 feet and had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment of his life-threatening injuries.
Clementschitsch’s wife, Susanne, 38, and one of their 4-year-old twin sons, sustained injuries from the flying debris. All three of them were taken to Maryland hospitals, where they were admitted in serious condition.
The Anne Arundel car accident happened as Koleweto was driving home from work after completing a graveyard shift. Police are trying to determine whether a medical emergency or driver exhaustion played a role in the Maryland injury accident.
Maryland Car Accidents
There are many reasons why a motorist might lose control of a vehicle. Sudden unintended acceleration caused by an auto defect, drunk driving, distracted driving, driver fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or prescription medication, driver inattention, driver inexperience, and overcorrecting a vehicle too much are several examples of these reasons. In some cases, the driver’s negligence or carelessness can be grounds for an Anne Arundel County personal injury or wrongful death case. There also may be other parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective vehicle part or a car repair store whose maintenance work was inadequate, who should be sued.
1 dead, 3 hurt when car crashes into family on bicycle ride, The Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2010
Woman killed, family injured in Laurel crash, Hometown Annapolis, August 9, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Current Bicycle Laws, Maryland Department of Transportation
Pedestrian Injuries, Prevent Injury.org (PDF)