Monday, October 31, 2011

Tragic Baltimore City Automobile Accident Leaves Two Dead

As a Baltimore City resident, I am stunned by the recent accident in Fells Point which resulted in two fatalities. The authorities believe that speeding was the cause and that is the main reason for my astonishment. Fells Point is rife with many problems including drunk bar patrons and crime, but that seems to come with the territory. What doesn't come with the territory is speeding and fatal car accidents. Such incidents are typically saved for I-95 or the Beltway. It is relatively impossible to speed on the streets of Fells Point. Fells Point has traffic lights, cross walks and stop signs at every intersection, and half of the streets are cobblestone. Not to mention the almost constant pedestrian traffic common to Baltimore City neighborhoods with an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops.

What I am getting at is that in order for someone to speed in Fells Point that person would really have to try hard. I understand speeding on I-95 or 695. Maybe a driver is just keeping up with the pace of traffic or there is no one else on the road, but speeding in a crowded city neighborhood, that act seems intentional and reckless. This accident occurred on Bank Street at 10:30p.m. on a Thursday. Thursday is a popular night for college students (and those who still act like they are in college) and there is no doubt that Fells Point was crowded with cars an pedestrians which makes this driver's conduct so alarming.

The preliminary investigation, based on witness accounts, reveals that the driver of a Dodge Durango, who was killed in the accident, was at fault and was most likely speeding. Also killed was a passenger in the other vehicle, an 18 year old Stevenson University student. The 18 year old died in her boyfriend's arms. The boyfriend, who was the driver of the other vehicle, will have to live with the memory of this tragedy for the rest of his life, not to mention the injuries he suffered as a result of the impact. The at fault driver in this case had a history of speeding and was convicted of driving 30mph over the posted speed limit in June 2010 (most likely the speed was reduced) and had a pending charge of driving 57mph in a 30-mph zone. A Maryland wrongful death lawyer could help the family of the young lady who was killed pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver, and a Maryland accident attorney could help the young man who survived the crash pursue a Maryland personal injury claim. The personal injury attorneys at Portner & Shure are experienced and skilled in both wrongful death claims and automobile accident injury claims.

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