A teenage girl is dead, and her two sisters are in serious condition, following a Maryland car crash that took place in Owings on Wednesday, August 7. The Curl sisters of Chesapeake Beach were traveling in Calvert County when their vehicle collided head-on with a pickup truck, according to Maryland State Police.
Twenty-year-old Brittany Curl was behind the driver’s seat of a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro, traveling with her two sisters, 17-year-old Courtney Curl and 10-year-old Peyton Curl. They were headed westbound on East Mt. Harmony Road shortly before 11 a.m. when, for reasons still unknown, Brittany lost control of the car and crossed the double yellow centerline near Valley View Court.
The Camaro crashed head-on into a 2013 Honda Ridgeline truck that was being driven eastbound by 77-year-old Charles Wood of Dunkirk. Dunkirk was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Courtney Curl was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Both of her sisters were flown out of the accident scene by helicopter—Brittany to Washington Hospital Center and Peyton to Children’s National Medical Center. According to a family friend, Shelley Beavers, Brittany was listed in stable condition the Sunday following the accident, and Peyton was expected to be going home within a couple of days.
Beavers has known the Curl family for 20 years and said the two older girls often babysat and took Beavers’ daughter to soccer practice along with Peyton. She held a candlelight vigil in Courtney’s honor on Sunday, August 11.
The fatal car accident is still under investigation. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol had any part in the accident, and they do not yet know if speed was a factor.
We express our deepest condolences to the parents, family, and friends of Courtney and wish a speedy recovery for her sisters.