One dead, 2 injured after three-car crash in Calvert County
Posted on Apr 26, 2011
A multiple car crash in Calvert County left one dead and two injured on April 13, 2011.
The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 4 and Broomes Island Road (Route 264).
Thomas Abell, 80, was in the left turn lane of Route 4, preparing to turn onto Broomes Island Road in his 1999 Honda Accord. His wife, 72-year-old Carol Abell, was in the vehicle with him. The Abells reside in Lusby.
Mr. Abell stopped briefly for a flashing red light before proceeding left through the intersection. However, he pulled directly in front of a 2002 BMW driven by Caren Depiazza, 62, who was going through the intersection on a green light.
The BMW hit the passenger side of the Accord.
After the initial crash, Mr. Abell's vehicle continued through the intersection and struck another Honda Accord (2007) driven by Caren Milliken, 45, who was stopped at the red light.
Maryland State Police helicopters were on the scene to transport the victims to area hospitals.
Carol Abell was seriously injured and died at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Mr. Abell was in critical condition at the Baltimore Shock Trauma Center.
Depiazza, of Hollywood, Md., was listed in stable condition at Prince George's Hospital. Milliken, of Owings, was not injured.
At this time, the Calvert County Sheriff's officers believe the accident was caused by Mr. Abell's failure to yield to Depiazza, who had right of way. A Crash Reconstruction Team will still conduct a reconstruction of the accident.