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Cars plow into pedestrians in Arundel, Western Maryland

Two horrific traffic accidents involving cars hitting pedestrians left at least three dead and several others injured over the weekend.

In Anne Arundel County, a car went off the road in Laurel and hit three members of the family who were taking a break from bicycle riding. The driver of the car was killed; the family remains hospitalized.

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In Western Maryland, two family members were killed and a third injured when a car plowed into a group of people who had gathered by the side of a road after a church service

Here are details of the crash in Anne Arundel County from a police news release:

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Type of Collision: Pedestrians Struck by Car  
 
Location of Incident: Russett Green W & Ridgemoor Dr.
 Laurel, MD 20724
 
Date & Time:  August 8, 2010 @ 1016 hours

Primary Investigator: Cpl. Kenneth Collier #1286
  
Police Case Number: 2010-729910

Motor Vehicle #1: 2001 Nissan Altima 4 door
 
Driver: Ramota Oluyemisi Koletowo B/F, 63 years old, 8304 Water Lily Way,  Laurel, MD 20724
 
Driver Injuries: Fatally Injured pronounced dead at the Prince George's Hospital Center.

Pedestrians & Condition: Franz Reinhard Clementschitsch W/M  36 years old, 8054 Pennington Dr
Laurel, MD 20724

Serious but stable condition University of Maryland Hospital 
Susanne Clementschitsch W/F  38 years old
8054 Pennington Dr.
Laurel, MD 20724
Serious but stable condition Johns Hopkins Hospital Bayview

W/M 4 years old
Laurel, MD
Serious but stable condition Johns Hopkins Hospital Bayview

W/M 4 years old
Laurel, MD 
Uninjured in this crash

Synopsis:

On 8-8-2010 at approximately 1016 hours, the Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving pedestrians in the area of Russett Green West and Ridgemoor Drive.  Officers located a 2001 Nissan Altima four upside down resting on its roof in the middle of the bike/pedestrian trail that runs parallel to Russett Green West off of the north bound shoulder of the roadway.

Officers and paramedics located the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle still belted inside the vehicle.  This subject was identified as Romota Oluyemisi Koletowo.  Ms. Koletowo was unconscious and was subsequently extricated from the wreckage.  Ms. Koletowo was transported to the Prince George's Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead at 1200 hours.

There was a family of four pedestrians also involved in the crash.  These subjects were identified as Franz Clementschitsch, his wife Susanne Clementschitsch and their twin four year old sons.  Mr. Clementschitsch was found in the woods with life threatening injuries; he was transported to the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland Hospital by State Police Helicopter.  At the time of this press release he is in serious but stable condition.  Mrs. Clementschitsch was also seriously injured; she was transported to the hospital by helicopter, as was one of the twin boys.  He was transported by helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Hospital at Bayview.  The second son was uninjured in this event and did not need any medical assistance.

The Traffic Safety Section of the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the scene to assume primary responsibility for the investigation.  Preliminary investigation indicates Ms. Koletowo was driving her daughter's 2001 Nissan Altima while traveling on Russet Green West from Route 198 going toward Ridgemoor Drive.  For reasons unknown, Ms. Koletowo traveled off of the right side of the roadway near the intersection with Ridgemoor Drive.  The Nissan traveled over the curb and struck a street light pole, dislodging it from its base.  The Nissan then traveled over the bike/walking path located at this location and into the grass between the path and the wood line.  The vehicle continued to travel through a rest area located next to the bike path.

Mr. Clementschitsch and his family had been riding their bicycles on the path but had stopped at the rest area to drink water.  The rest area consisted of two heavy stone benches and there was a large metal trash can bolted into a metal support.  Mr. Clementschitsch was sitting on the bench closest to the light pole Ms. Koletowo struck and he had his back turned to her.  Ms. Koletowo failed to maintain control of her vehicle and continued to travel off of the roadway.  The Nissan struck some small shrubs around the rest area and then struck the concrete benches and the trash can.  The Nissan also struck Mr. Clementschitscsh and his bicycle as he was sitting on a bench.

Mr. Clementschitsch was thrown from his position into the woods before coming to a rest approximately 38 feet from his original position.  Mrs. Clementschitsch and her two sons were standing in the immediate vicinity of the park benches.  It appears both Mrs. Clementschitsch and one of her sons were struck by debris from the impact of the vehicle with the bench, bike and trash can. Evidence indicates the Nissan Ms. Koletowo was driving "ramped off" of the benches and trashcan and overturned coming to rest on its roof approximately 54 feet from the first bench she struck.  The Nissan traveled an overall distance of approximately 134 feet from the point that it left the roadway to the area of final rest.

Ms. Koletowo was driving home from work when this crash occurred.  She had worked from 2300 hours on 8-7-2010 to approximately 0900 hours on 8-8-10 before attempting to drive home.  The investigation is continuing to determine if fatigue and/or some kind of medical emergency may have contributed to this accident.  It does not appear at this time that excessive speed or impairment by alcohol or drugs contributed to this crash.  This investigation is continuing.

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