UNION BRIDGE -- Three members of a Carroll family were killed and a fourth critically injured when their car left Quaker Hill Road and struck a tree Friday evening.
Police say Steven Glenn Hill, 28, was about a mile from his home in the 900 block of McKinstrys Mill Road when the car he was driving crossed the center line at about 6:15 p.m. The southbound car traveled across a driveway and down an incline on the northbound side, hitting a large tree at high speed, police said.
Hill, his niece Tierra Irene MacGarry, 1 1/2 , also of McKinstrys Mill Road, and nephew Derrell Cortez Smith, 6, of Grand Drive in Taneytown, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Derrell's twin brother, Terrel Devin Smith, was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he was in critical condition Friday.
"There's no way that car was going 30 mph the way it hit that tree," said state police Cpl. Keith Papi. The impact of the crash smashed the 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra to the --board.
State police cited speed, driver error and alcohol as possible factors in the collision. However, as of late Friday, police had not FTC determined exactly how fast the vehicle was going when it went out of control.
None of the occupants of the car was wearing a seat belt, state police said. Papi said the impact was so great, however, that he was unsure whether restraints would have saved their lives.
Family neighbors milled about the accident scene in tears as rescue workers cut into the roof and pulled the vehicle back from the tree to extract Hill, his niece and nephews from the wreckage.
Too upset to comment, they simply said they had heard the crash and called 911.
Police said that the twins' mother went into shock upon hearing the news of the accident and was treated and released at Carroll County General Hospital.
The county medical examiner, Dr. Daniel Welliver, said Hill's body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.
The seventh fatal accident in Carroll this year, the collision brings the total of accident-related deaths to nine, said 1st Sgt. Steven Reynolds of the state police.
Five deaths from four fatal crashes occurred in the same period last year.