A catastrophic Maryland multi-vehicle vehicle accident on Route 113 on Monday afternoon has claimed the lives of four people from the same family. They are Carmelo Dominguez, 53, his wife Evelyn Morales, 48, daughter Natasha Dominguez, 23, and grandson Jose Dominguez, 2.
All four car crash victims were traveling in a Nissan Cube, which witnesses say was moving at a fast speed and passing other vehicles while in no-passing zones. Police say that right before 5 p.m, Dominguez, who was driving the Cub, tried to pass a tractor-trailer. During this attempt, the Cube hit a Honda CRV, which caused the Nissan to “catapult upward” and strike the side of the semi-truck. The cube then landed on top of a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta.
Police say that according to preliminary findings the Newark, Maryland traffic accident was caused by improper passing, driving at a fast speed, and aggressive driving. They also believe that no one in the Cube—there were seven people in the vehicle—had been using child safety seats and seat belts.
Injured in the Maryland auto collision were the other three people who were in the Cube—Dominguez’s daughter Christina Dominguez, 25, and grandchildren Christina Gonzalez, 9, and Yasmine Dominguez-Astacio, 4—and the drivers of the other vehicles—Mary M. Jones, 41, and Daniel H. Nelson, 23, who has been in critical but stable condition.
Seat Belt Use
It goes without saying that using a seat belt or child safety seat can save lives and prevent catastrophic car crash injuries. Fortunately, more people are now using seat belts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this year, seat belt use has gone up 1% from (2009) and is now at 85%.
NY family unbelted in fatal Route 113 crash, DelmarvaNOW, November 3, 2010
Md. State Police: 4 dead in multi-vehicle crash
, Associated Press, November 1, 2010
Seat Belt Use in 2010, NHTSA, September 2010 (PDF)
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Maryland Department of Transportation
Multi-vehicle crashes can be challenging to deal with when a victim is seeking to obtain Maryland personal injury recovery. This is just one reason why it can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case when you retain the services of an experienced Baltimore injury law firm to help you.