Traffic Collision in St Leonard Kills Teenager

A teenager died in a traffic collision in St Leonard, Calvert County. The two-vehicle accident occurred on Monday evening, December 13th. Failure to obey a turn sign appeared to have caused the accident.

At about 5:20 p.m., deputies with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau responded to the area of MD Rt. 4 and Calvert Beach Road following a report of a severe motor vehicle accident. The preliminary investigation conducted by the Crash Reconstruction Team revealed a 2018 Jeep Compass was stopped in traffic, waiting for a vehicle to be turned from the left lane of southbound Rt. 4.

At some point, the Jeep Compass drove around the tow truck and tried crossing northbound Rt. 4 onto Calvert Beach Road. A 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty struck the Jeep Compass. An update on the investigation revealed that the Jeep Compass driver failed to stop at a dedicated left-turn light, failed to obey a traffic control signal, and failed to yield the right of way.

The investigation disclosed that the signal was a solid red left-turn arrow at the time of the crash. The Ford F-250 vehicle had the green light when the driver entered the intersection. The Jeep Compass driver, 45-year-old Laura Rae Turnbaugh, of Chesapeake Beach, sustained injuries and received treatment at Washington Hospital Center.

One rear-seat passenger, a 13-year-old female, sustained injuries and received treatment at Children’s Hospital. The other passenger, a 16-year-old male, was conveyed to Calvert Health Medical Center, where he died. The Ford driver, 45-year-old Stephen Thomas Knott, of Saint Inigoes and his passenger were uninjured and refused medical treatment. The investigation into the traffic collision in St Leonard is ongoing.

Maryland law allows crash victims to get compensation from the fault driver. Contact Pinder Plotkin LLC and speak with a Maryland auto accident attorney for more information.


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