An elderly driver who ran a red light caused a three-way car crash in Anne Arundel County and sent two other people to the hospital the afternoon of Thursday, June 14.
According to local police reports, the accident was caused by Robert Frederick Risley, a 72-year-old man who lives in Crownsville.
Risley was near the intersection of eastbound Route 100 and Magothy Bridge Road in Pasadena attempting to make a left-hand turn in his silver 2011 Chrysler 300 a few minutes after 4:00 p.m.
He apparently turned left at a red light, cutting off a blue 2004 Toyota Highlander that had the right of way and was headed eastbound on Route 100.
The driver of the Highlander was Jeffrey Scott Sullivan, a 55-year-old man who resides in Pasadena.
Sullivan was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision and ran into the Chrysler. He was rushed by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where police say he is still in serious condition.
The impact of the initial collision caused the Chrysler to continue further into the intersection, smashing into a brown 2001 Freightliner Diesel delivery truck owned by UPS.
The UPS employee, 41-year-old Christopher Matthews of Stoney Beach, was taken by ambulance to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
Risley was uninjured in the accident. All three vehicles were heavily damaged in the crash.
Police believe that driver-error, specifically Risley’s failure to stop at a red light, caused the Maryland auto accident. At this time, neither speed, nor alcohol or drugs are considered factors, although the crash is still under investigation.