Forest Hill woman dies after Bel Air Bypass crash on Thursday

Maryland State Police Tuesday confirmed the death of a Forest Hill woman, who was involved in a three-car accident on the Bel Air Bypass Thursday afternoon.

Catherine Mattheu, 72, of the 2300 block of Carya Way, was taken first to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and the to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she died the same day, State Police said.

An accident report was not available Tuesday morning, but alcohol and speed are not considered factors in the preliminary investigation, according to a State Police news release.

Mrs. Mattheu's car, a 2009 gray Toyota Camry, rolled into a ditch and overturned after she tried to avoid striking a 2012 Chevrolet Cruz while driving south on the bypass just south of Vale Road at about 2:34 p.m., according to State Police.

Mrs. Mattheu, who was in the left lane on the bypass, tried to avoid hitting the Chevrolet by turning into the right lane, according to State Police.

After striking the back of the Chevrolet, her car hit a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe in the right lane. Both the Hyundai, driven by Michael Ball, 53, of the 700 block of Oldham Street in Baltimore, and Mrs. Mattheu's car hit a ditch, according to the State Police news release.

Ball was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with injuries, according to the news release. Ryan Tewey, 27, of the 200 block of Chaucer Lane in Bel Air, was the driver of the Chevrolet. He sustained minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital, State Police said.

Mrs. Mattheu, known as "Cass," is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerard "Butch" Mattheu, two children and five grandchildren, according to an online obituary posted by Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary Magdalen Mission Church on Tuesday. Burial was in Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

Thursday's fatality was the 11th on Harford County highways this year and third since Aug. 3.

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