A teenage driver has been charged in connection with a Maryland car accident that left eight of his classmates injured on September 26. The group of students was standing in a high school parking lot when they were struck.
According to Hyattsville police, the Prince George’s County accident occurred around 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 in the parking lot of Northwestern High School at 7000 Adelphi Road. A group of junior ROTC students were practicing formations in the high school parking lot when a driver failed to see them. The driver has been identified only as a 19-year-old male.
Hyattsville police say the teen driver was attempting to drive around to the back of the school when the glare from the sun distracted him, blocking his view of the ROTC students. He failed to yield to the pedestrians, striking at least eight of them. The eight students were taken to area hospitals with a variety of injuries, including some possible broken bones. All of the injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
The driver reportedly had a learner’s permit but not a license; he did not have an adult in the vehicle with him. He has been charged with multiple counts of negligent driving, failure to control his vehicle, and driving without a licensed driver in the passenger seat. It does not appear that speed was a factor in the accident.
We wish the injured students a full and quick recovery during this difficult time.