La Plata Teen Perishes When Car Strikes Tree - Southern Maryland Headline News

La Plata Teen Perishes When Car Strikes Tree


Icy road conditions suspected to be root cause of accident

LA PLATA, Md. (February 10, 2011)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office today released the following report regarding a fatal vehicle accident in La Plata on Wednesday.

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH: On February 9 at 10:42 p.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 7300 block of Olivers Shop Road in La Plata for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving one car. A preliminary investigation revealed the driver, Katherine Kristen Murray, 16, of La Plata, was operating a Honda passenger car when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree; she died on the scene. There were no passengers in the car. The cause of the crash is under investigation but icy road conditions appear to be a contributing factor. Ms. Murray was wearing a seatbelt.

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