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St. Mary's teen killed in car crash

A 16-year-old St. Mary's County girl was killed Monday afternoon when her car was struck from behind by another car and forced into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a sport-utility vehicle and then a minivan, St. Mary's sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

The sheriff's office said Shelby Wood, of Leonardtown, was driving a 2003 Honda Civic south on Point Lookout Road near Leonardtown about 4 p.m. As she neared the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, her Civic was struck from the rear by a 1996 Lincoln Town Car driven by Justin Macrae, 28, also of Leonardtown, sheriff's officials said.

Wood's Civic then careened into northbound Point Lookout Road, where it was hit by a 2003 Honda Pilot driven by David Butler, 45, of Mechanicsville. The Civic then skidded sideways back into the southbound lane and was struck again by a 1997 Dodge Caravan, driven by Richard Schmidt, 49, of Hollywood, sheriff's officials said.

Wood was taken to St. Mary's Hospital where she died. Schmidt was also hospitalized. No one was charged in the accident, and investigators do not believe speed or alcohol were factors.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  July 13, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  St. Mary's , Tom Jackman , Traffic Accidents  
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No one was charged in the accident, and investigators do not believe speed or alcohol were factors.


While it's good to hear that alcohol was likely not involved, I would hope the police are still investigating this FATAL crash. It sounds like this girl was rear-ended into opposing traffic.

Posted by: temartin | July 13, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

it seems in St. Mary's Co. if you aren't driving a Hummer you'll get pushed down the road, passedo on the shoulder or worse. Soundsl ike this vehicle was pushed into on-coming traffic. I wonder if the driver of the Lincoln was texting, tailgating or perhaps both? Happens to me EVERY day on the roads here, it could have easily been me.

WHEN are the state police going to take aggressive driving seriously?

Posted by: kelly19 | July 13, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

As we've noted for years, one is more likely to get away with causing the death of human being than a dog or cat.

Let's hope the girl's family collects big bucks from a civil suit.

Posted by: kinkysr | July 13, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sadly no matter how big a settlement is it won't bring back their daughter. Wouldn't want to be the person who caused this accident...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | July 13, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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