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Teenage girl struck by car, killed, at a soccer game

A tragic accident took place at a Maryland middle school soccer field where a teenage girl was run down by a Ford Focus and killed. The victim, age 13, was watching the game when the accident occurred. The woman behind the wheel of the Ford, age 33, was driving through a parking lot behind the school when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle and left the parking lot, striking the 13-year-old girl and one other woman after first hitting a sign and then a tree. Sadly, although the teenage girl was rushed to the hospital, she did not survive the accident. The second woman struck by the Ford suffered only minor injuries.

Three people occupied the vehicle that killed the girl, and initially none of the occupants would say who was behind the wheel. However, the next day one of the occupants contacted police and admitted she was the driver. She did not have a legal driver's license from the state of Maryland. Police are still investigating whether she had a legal driver's license elsewhere.

Another woman in the vehicle, age 22, was sitting in a rear passenger seat and had a legal learner's permit. She initially was driving the vehicle before switching places with the 33-year-old woman, as captured by school security cameras. Unfortunately, the cameras did not record the crash. The owner of the Ford was occupying the front passenger seat and also had a legal license. Police have yet to file any charges in relation to the accident.

Car accidents like this serve as a reminder that all drivers, whether they are on the road or in a parking lot, have the duty to drive reasonably and safely under the circumstances. This means, among other things, maintaining control of their vehicle. When a driver breaches this duty causing an accident that injures an innocent individual, that driver could be liable for the crash.

Determining what type of lawsuit to file can be a complicated matter. Victims of car accidents who are interested in taking legal action may want to make sure they understand all their possible avenues of recovery, in order to maximize the amount of compensation they receive.

Source: Gaithersburg Patch, "Police: Woman Behind Wheel in Fatal Accident Didn't Have License," Deb Belt, July 3, 2014

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