A motor vehicle accident near Walt Whitman High in Bethesda took the lives of a father, mother, and a teenager. According to the school’s principal, the accident occurred at an intersection that has worried locals for many years.
Along with the three people who were killed in the accident, the couple’s daughter also suffered life-threatening injuries. She is currently being treated for the injuries at a local hospital.
The 20-year-old driver of the other vehicle was also hospitalized and is expected to make a recovery.
The school’s principal noted that the family was traveling to a play at the school when the accident occurred. He added the following:
“The deaths are horrific. I know for sure there’s going to be an outcry from me and from the community.”
A Montgomery County Police spokesperson said that the intersection of River and Pyle roads is used regularly by school buses, students, and parents. He added that it has no traffic light.
The family was driving east on River Road. While attempting to make a left turn onto Pyle, the vehicle collided with another that was traveling west on River Road.
At this time, police are investigating the cause of the accident. So far, they do not believe that either driver was drunk. Furthermore, they are taking a closer look at how fast the other vehicle was traveling.
In many cases, a car accident is caused by a mistake by a driver. It is also possible that a poorly designed road, such as one without a traffic light, can lead to a collision.
Source: The Washington Post, “Collision in Bethesda claims lives of three family members Saturday night,” Julie Zauzmer and Dan Morse, Feb. 28, 2016