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Fatal Maryland crash may have involved drunk driver, police say

A serious car accident is something that few people ever forget. Such a crash can deal catastrophic injuries to drivers, passengers and innocent bystanders alike, forever changing their life in ways they couldn't have imagined prior to the incident. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, severe bodily harm -- these things don't just make your life infinitely more difficult, the medical bills to treat them are staggering.

However, when a car accident turns fatal, these incredible challenges are compounded by feelings of anger and injustice. For one Maryland family, a deadly car crash that claimed the life of their young daughter may fit this unfortunate description.

The wreck involved three cars, one of which was driven by a 73-year-old man. The elder man suddenly drifted out of his lane and across the center divider. He sideswiped an oncoming car and then spiraled into another. It was this second vehicle that was carrying the 7-year-old girl, who died in the crash, and a 36-year-old driver who was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The 73-year-old had to be airlifted to the hospital and is expected to recover -- but when he does, the accident he caused may turn into a criminal investigation. Police speculate that alcohol was involved in the crash, though they did not disclose who was drinking. But it would seem as though the person who recklessly entered oncoming traffic would be a prime suspect.

If that is proven, the elder man could face DUI and manslaughter charges, in addition to being held liable for the death to a young girl.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "7-year-old girl killed in 3-car, alcohol-related crash," Kevin Rector, June 24, 2012

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