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Fatal crash in Abingdon neighborhood remains under investigation

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This story is updated from an earlier version.

An Abingdon woman died after hitting a parked car and two houses in Abingdon Saturday afternoon, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fatal crash remained under investigation Monday.

Erica Marie Rohal, 34, of Abingdon, died following the crash in the 200 block of Kensington Parkway in Abingdon reported around 2:50 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

One of the houses that was hit was damaged, but remains livable, according to residents, one of whom was home when the crash occurred.

Deputies were called to the area shortly before 3 p.m. for a single-vehicle accident, according to the news release.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe in the backyard of a home in the block, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Rohal was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Preliminary information indicates Rohal was traveling west on Kensington Parkway when, for unknown reasons, she hit a parked vehicle, two houses and several other fixed objects before the vehicle rolled and came to rest on its roof, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash, police said.

A building inspector responded to the scene and determined the homes were safe for occupancy, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jay and Mary Lloyd are owners of the property where Rohal’s vehicle hit a corner of their house, flipped over and came to rest in their yard.

Interviewed by The Aegis Monday afternoon, Mary Lloyd, 53, said she was in the basement when the crash happened.

Lloyd said she had taken some items out of a box for her daughter, who is preparing to leave for college, turned away and got about five steps before she heard the first hit against the side of the house.

She turned back toward the basement wall, and “literally, the whole wall exploded” in front of her, Lloyd recalled.

She thought, at first, that the wall had collapsed because of all the rain that has fallen in Harford County over the spring and summer. She then looked outside and saw a wheel spinning and realized there had been an auto accident.

Lloyd grabbed her phone and called 911. She walked out the front door and toward the crash when a neighbor rushing to the scene told her not to turn the corner, telling her, “do not come down here.”

Other neighbors told Lloyd they had seen the vehicle heading along Kensington Parkway.

The Tahoe struck a fire hydrant and light pole at the corner of Kensington and Burnt Oak Court, a small side street that ends in a cul-de-sac, crossed the front yard of the house to the left of the Lloyds, knocked over some small trees and clipped the side of the home.

The vehicle then crashed through a wooden fence on the Lloyd property, hit their house twice and flipped over on its roof, according to Jay and Mary Lloyd. Their neighbors reported the driver had died, Mary Lloyd said.

The Tahoe has been removed, but on Monday afternoon bits of glass, metal and plastic were still on the ground. Tire tracks were visible in the grass, and blue tarps covered damaged parts of both houses.

Mary Lloyd said she was not injured, and if any debris from the basement wall had hit her, it would have hit her feet.

Jay Lloyd, 60, said he was at work when he received a call about the crash. He said he called his next-door neighbor to tell her about the damage to her house and urged her to get home — he pointed out Monday where the vehicle had just missed the gas meter on his neighbor’s house.

He said such a crash is uncommon in his neighborhood. He and his family have lived along Kensington for 17 years; he indicated nearby humps that had been installed on the parkway to help slow down speeders.

“It’s definitely unusual, and believe it or not, it still seems surreal,” he said.

Lloyd and his wife are still living in the house, although the county inspector warned them to stay out of areas damaged or near the damage, such as the basement and master bedroom, until a structural engineer could see it.

The couple stressed their frustrations do not compare with what Rohal’s family is going through, having lost their loved one.

“It’s not easy for us, but I can’t even imagine for her family,” Mary Lloyd said. “It’s really affected us; it affected everybody on this street who saw and was a part of [the accident].”

Deputies with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Crash Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation into the cause and circumstances of the crash. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded and will perform an autopsy to determine if a medical condition, drugs or alcohol contributed the crash.

Rohal was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which is under investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit at 443-409-3324.

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