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PG County police seek those who added insult to injury

Accidents on the Capital Beltway and its arteries are not uncommon. Statistics from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for 2011 puts the number of fatalities among motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at 257. That's down from 283 the year before and authorities say they're working to do even more to reduce accidents that result in serious personal injury or wrongful death.

One of the most recent injury accidents reported in the region perhaps stand as an example of how ill intended individuals can add insult to injury. It happened last Friday in Prince George's County on Old Branch Avenue near St. Barnabas Road. Authorities say that what happened was that a good Samaritan who had stopped to help another driver who had been hurt in a collision wound up having her car stolen from the scene.

A police spokeswoman says the incident happened around 8:15 a.m. She says a woman in a Nissan Maxima witnessed a collision caused by a Chrysler 300 that cut off another driver. An unidentified woman in the struck vehicle was tossed from her car as a result of the collision.

Officials say the woman in the Nissan pulled off the road to check on the female victim. While she was tending to her, someone got into the Maxima and drove off. Police are reportedly still looking for both the Chrysler and the Nissan as this post is written.

The woman who was thrown from her car was said to have been on her feet at the crash scene, but she was taken to an area hospital for assessment for neck and back injuries.

Source: Gazette.net, "Good Samaritan's car stolen while helping woman injured in crash Friday," Daniel J. Gross, March 30, 2012; WTOP-FM, "Traffic fatalities down in 2011, authorities say," March 29, 2012

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