Volleyball player killed in Md. 140 car collision

Alyssa Bowen
Alyssa Bowen (Lancaster Bible College athletics)

A 20-year-old college volleyball player was killed in a two-car collision on Md. 140 near Tyrone Road.

Alyssa Bowen, 20, of Westminster, was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle east on Md. 140 at 11:17 a.m. Monday, when she was slowing down or stopping to make a left turn onto Tyrone Road and was rear-ended by a Kia Forte driven by an 18-year-old woman from Westminster, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.


Bowen was severely injured and flown to Shock Trauma at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, where she later died of her injuries. The 18-year-old driver was taken to Carroll Hospital, according to the release.

This was at least the 16th death on Carroll County roadways so far this year, and the third in the past 12 days.

There have been at least nine deaths involving vehicles in Carroll in the first half of 2016, pacing ahead of the past two years.

There were 16 fatalities on Carroll roads in 2015 and 11 in 2014. On average, 16 traffic deaths per year occur in Carroll, according to data from 2010 through 2015 provided by the state Motor Vehicle Administration.

The investigation into Monday's crash is ongoing, but preliminary investigation suggests that after the 18-year-old driver rear-ended Bowen's car, both cars ended up on the northbound side of the intersection, according to the release. Charges are pending, Sgt. Jeffery Eyler said.

Bowen was a volleyball player at Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania.

"Her joy was always genuine and bright. Her smile could change the climate of our team. She leaves a hole on our team and in our hearts. We are so thankful that we will be a team again someday in heaven," Lancaster Bible College volleyball coach Lauren Bewley said in the release.


Bowen was named to North Eastern Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team in 2016 after making 316 kills, a team high, and 77 blocks, according to a news release from Lancaster Bible College's athletics department. In 2016, she also had 60 block assists, the highest in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, and her blocks was the second-highest amount in the conference. She was also a member of the college's basketball team, according to the release.

Bowen graduated from Mount Airy Christian Academy after transferring from Carroll Christian Schools. She played volleyball at both schools.

Maryland State Police was the primary agency on the crash, assisted by the Pleasant Valley, Taneytown and Westminster volunteer fire companies. The road was shut down for about two hours while the crash was investigated, according to the release.

Anyone who might have observed the collision or has additional information may contact Sgt. Menchey with the Maryland State Police Crash Team at the Westminster barrack by calling 410-386-3034.




Fatal collisions in Carroll County in 2016

Jan. 25: Winfield; one vehicle (sledding accident)

Feb. 19: Md. 27 and Kate Wagner Road; two vehicles

Feb. 20: Md. 27 near Kimberly James Court; two vehicles*

Feb. 28: Md. 140 near Westminster; single vehicle

April 2: Littlestown Pike near John Owings Road; two vehicles

April 27: Md. 31 near Uniontown Bridge; three vehicles

May 11: Md. 140 near Bethel Road; two vehicles

June 17: Londontown Boulevard near the Londontowne Square; two vehicles

July 29: Md. 140 near Cranberry Road; one vehicle (pedestrian death)

Aug. 6: Upper Beckleysville Road near England Drive in Hampstead; one vehicle

Aug. 10: Gorsuch Road north of Center St. in Westminster, one vehicle (pedestrian death)

Aug. 26: Md. 30 in Manchester; two vehicles

Oct. 29: Md. 91 and Md. 140 intersection; two vehicles

Dec. 8: Md. 26 near Old Liberty Road; one vehicle (pedestrian death)

Dec. 17: Lineboro Road; one vehicle (sledding accident)

Dec. 19: Md. 140 near Tyrone Road; two vehicles

*This collision resulted in two deaths

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