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Crash kills 1, injures 3 in Sharptown, Maryland

A recent single-car accident in Sharptown, Maryland, took the life of a 17-year-old girl and left three others injured.

The crash occurred on Sharptown Road about 10 p.m., when the vehicle carrying the four teenagers left the roadway and struck a tree. The three that were injured, all teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 17, were hospitalized at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The girl, was pronounced dead at the same hospital, which is located in Salisbury.

According to police, alcohol does not have appeared to have had a role in the crash, although the Maryland State Police are still investigating the incident. A lieutenant with the state police said, "We aren't releasing the driver's name because we're waiting for the state's attorney to decide whether they're pressing charges." The lieutenant did not say what charges are under consideration.

The 17-year-old girl attended James M. Bennett High School in Wicomico County. The school posted on Facebook, saying, "It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the loss of one of our students. [The student] was involved in a car accident that took her life Monday night. [The student] was an amazing student who will be greatly missed! Please keep [the student's] family in your thoughts and prayers."

The death of someone so young is tragic. The effects of her death on her family, friends and the community will be felt for a long time. Even if no criminal charges are filed, the victims and their families may choose to proceed with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against the driver. An attorney experienced in personal injury can provide advice and guidance to those who wish to seek compensation.

Source: Delmarvanow.com, "Teen killed in Sharptown crash identified," Reed Shelton, Aug. 03, 2016

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