Police say they are investigating a fatal crash, in which alcohol is believed to have been a factor, that occurred Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Kimberly James Court and Md. 27 near Taylorsville and left a woman dead.
Charges against the driver believed to be at fault, Michele Everett Seibel, 52, of Westminster, are pending, police said. Investigators said they believe alcohol played a factor in the crash, which police responded to at 2:05 p.m.
Police said investigators found in a preliminary investigation that Seibel was traveling north on Md. 27 in a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer when the SUV crossed the center double yellow line and struck a 2010 Subaru Forrester traveling southbound head-on, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack.
Mary Lou Wolfe, 83, of Beltsville, a backseat passenger in the Subaru, went into cardiac arrest at the scene and died from injuries suffered in the collision after being transported to Carroll Hospital, police said.
The driver of the Subaru, Lee Robert Rose, 88, of Silver Spring, was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for injuries, along another passenger seated in the front of the vehicle, Gertrude Josephine Rose, 90, also of Silver Spring, police said. Seibel was also transported to Shock Trauma for injuries, police said.
Md. 27 was closed for about four and a half hours while police investigated.
Emergency personnel from the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department responded to the collision with assistance from volunteer fire companies in New Windsor and Mount Airy, said Robert Farver, a spokesman for Winfield's volunteer fire department.
The Carroll County State's Attorney's Office is assisting with the investigation, which police said is ongoing.