A young female driver who was speeding through a local town lost control of her vehicle and collided into a fast food joint in Prince George’s County on the evening of Monday, February 20.
According to witnesses who were at the scene, Hellena Smith was driving a black BMW through Landover, Maryland around 6:30pm. She was speeding, and some witnesses believe she may have been going as fast as 100 miles per hour when the accident occurred.
It is unknown why she was driving at such a high speed, but the 29-year-old woman quickly lost control of her vehicle as she neared a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located off of Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Her vehicle jumped the curb and went airborne. It first crashed into a red SUV that was parked just in front of the store before going through the restaurant’s glass windows.
Smith was killed in the accident. Everett Bollin, who had just entered the red SUV, was injured but not seriously. Three other people, who have not been identified, were also injured in the Prince George’s County crash. Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department, said that the four injured victims did not have life-threatening injuries.
The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene of the accident. The mangled remains of Smith’s BMW could be seen at the accident scene, and part of the KFC was blocked off with crime tape.
Local police are investigating the crash. It is not yet known whether alcohol was involved, but Smith’s speed was certainly a contributor, if not the sole cause, of the accident.
The experienced Maryland wrongful death attorneys at Nickelsporn and Lundin offer our sincere condolences to the families whose loved ones were lost or injured in this accident.