One woman died and two other people were seriously injured Friday, July 6, in a Maryland car crash along U.S. 40 just outside Greenbrier State Park in Washington County.
The two-vehicle accident in Boonsboro occurred at 1:35 p.m. Cheron Nicole Leighton, age 34, had just left the park entrance and was attempting to make a U-turn onto U.S. 40 in her 2006 Honda Civic.
In doing so, she cut off a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver of the Tahoe, 55-year-old Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr., was unable to stop in time to avoid a crash.
The truck smashed into the side of the car, and Leighton’s Civic spun out of control. Leighton and one of her passengers, 23-year-old Tiara Shaniece Elliott, were both thrown from the vehicle from the impact of the crash.
Elliott was rushed to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, where she was pronounced dead. She was a resident of Baltimore.
Leighton, also a Baltimore resident, was taken by helicopter to Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, where she was being treated for serious injuries.
A third passenger in the Honda, 31-year-old Troy Roberson of Baltimore, was not ejected from the vehicle but did sustain serious injuries. He was also taken to Meritus Medical Center, where he is expected to survive.
Coleman, the driver of the Tahoe and a resident of Hagerstown, declined medical help.
The accident closed U.S. 40 for two hours as Maryland State Police conducted an accident reconstruction. The crash is still under investigation, say police.
The Maryland accident lawyers of Nickelsporn and Lundin express our deepest condolences to the family of Tiara Elliott.