Three Car Accident in Calvert Co. Claims One Life, Injures Two - Southern Maryland Headline News

Three Car Accident in Calvert Co. Claims One Life, Injures Two

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (April 14, 2011) — A three car accident in Calvert County Wednesday afternoon left one dead and two injured. Police identified the deceased as Carol Allred Abell, 72, of Lusby. A fourth person was not injured.

The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 4 and Broomes Island Road (Rt. 264).

Police determined that a 1999 Honda Accord was traveling north on Route 4 and pulled into the left turn lane, preparing to make a left turn onto Broomes Island Road. The vehicle stopped for a flashing red signal and then proceeded to cross southbound Route 4. The Honda pulled into the path of a 2002 BMW which was traveling south through the intersection on a green traffic signal. The BMW collided with the passenger side of the Honda.

The 1999 Honda was operated by Thomas Hamilton Abell, 80, of Lusby. The Honda's passenger was his wife, Carol Allred Abell. The BMW was operated by Caren Ann Depiazza, 62, of Hollywood, St. Mary's County.

After the initial collision, the 1999 Honda continued across Route 4 and struck a 2007 Honda Accord which was stopped on eastbound Broomes Island Road at the red traffic signal. The 2007 Honda was operated by Caren Louise Milliken, 45 of Owings.

Carol Abell sustained severe injuries from the collision and was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where she died. Thomas Abell was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter "Trooper 7" to Baltimore Shock Trauma and is listed in critical condition. Caren Depiazza was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter "Trooper 2" to Prince George's Hospital and is listed in stable condition. Caren Milliken was not injured.

At this time, the primary cause of the collision appears to be failure to yield right-of-way on the part of Mr. Abell, according to police investigators.

Trooper Esnes is investigating the collision. The Calvert County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to assist and will be completing a collision reconstruction.

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