Distracted driving causes crash south of Frederick
Posted on Jul 14, 2011
A man who was apparently talking on his cell phone while merging now faces charges in a July 3 Maryland car accident. Two adults and two children were injured in the accident.
At about 4 p.m. on Sunday, Vijaya Magam, 26, was attempting to merge onto southbound Interstate 270 south of Frederick near Urbana.
He didn't notice a vehicle in the lane next to him, and his Toyota collided with the driver's side of a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling south on the Interstate.
The Tahoe rolled over, landing on the driver's side of the vehicle. The driver, 42-year-old Daniel Ferrell, was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, as was his front-seat passenger, 43-year-old Melissa Ferrell. They are both from Keedysville, Md.
Two young girls ages 8 and 3 were in the back seat of the Ferrells' vehicle. They were taken to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
At this time, there is no word on the condition of the four injured people. Magam was not hurt in the accident.
According to a witness at the scene, Magam, a resident of Washington, D.C., was talking on a cell phone when the accident occurred.
Police are charging him with negligent driving, an unsafe lane change, and operating a vehicle while talking on a cell phone with his hands.
As of October of last year, Maryland State law forbids drivers to use cell phones unless they are using a hands-free device.