Calvert Crash Leaves One Teen Dead

Calvert Crash Leaves One Teen Dead

There are 73 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Nov 5, 2007, titled Calvert Crash Leaves One Teen Dead. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Huntingtown, Md --- Calvert County Sherrifs along with Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal crash that left a high school student dead.

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Lanham, MD

#1 Nov 5, 2007
people in calvert county need to take it easy. i travel these roads mon-fri and doing 10mph over the speed limit doesn't cut it. they will run you right over, and jump out in front of you. take it easy people please!!
somratni

Yulee, FL

#2 Nov 5, 2007
I live in Calvert County and volunteer with emergency services. This is just another one of many horrible incidents here in the county. Route 4 is lined with crosses people put up to honor dead loved ones killed in traffic accidents. If you do 65 mpg, you will be passed like you're going in reverse. Unfortunately our cops can't be everywhere. Young people and teens seem to be the biggest offenders. Slow down people!!!
somratni

Yulee, FL

#3 Nov 5, 2007
Before someone slams me, I was not placing blame one anyone in this instance. That remains to be determined. That intersection has always been very dangerous, so perhaps we will finally get a traffic light there.
kkoons

Toast, NC

#4 Nov 5, 2007
As a former resident of Calvert County, my sister was also killed on Route 4. It has always been my wish that people would just SLOW down even if just a little bit. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families invloved in this accident. Unfortunately, I understand what these next few days will bring them. Please think as you drive home this evening and SLOW DOWN!!!!!!
CARDIGAN71D

AOL

#5 Nov 5, 2007
I LIVE VERY CLOSE TO WHERE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AND YES, ROUTE 4 IS VERY DANGEROUS! I MOVED TO CALVERT COUNTY 5 YEARS AGO AND HAVE SEEN MANY ACCIDENTS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. PLEASE PLEASE SLOW DOWN ON THIS ROAD!!! MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE INVOLVED. MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS IN THE COMMUNITY. ALSO PLEASE NOTE THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED BEFORE 7:30AM AND THE LOCATION IS OWINGS, MD NOT HUNTINGTOWN.
IAMA PARENT

Prince Frederick, MD

#6 Nov 5, 2007
I LIVE IN CALVERT ALSO AND I SEEN THE ACCIDENT THIS MORNING AND IF I HAVEN'T HAD TO GO TO MY GIRLS SCHOOL THIS MORNING.THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ME. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE TEENS PARENTS AND PEOPLE DO NEED TO SLOW DOWN.
Enforcing the limits

Huntingtown, MD

#7 Nov 5, 2007
My thoughts are with [yet another] family members and friends of these poor children.
It is very infrequent that I see a police officer on Rte 4 during rush hour. I'm not blaming this on the police, but where are they? I knwo they can't be everywhere at once, but where are they? I don't see htem on Rte 4 inthe morning or evenign rush hour. Or, am I just not in the right place?
Yesterday, on Rte. 4, two motorcycles passed between me and the cars in the left lane, ON THE YELLOW LINE doing over 100 mph. there was not enough space for them to switch into the other lane, so they drove between cars as they were flying up the road. Over 100 mph. DId anyone cathc them, or did they just happen to kill someone and go ont their way?
There are enough officers in this county to post some on rte 4 during rush hour, at least. Especially in the areas that are known for high accident occurences.
You can ask over and over for people to slow down, but unfortunatley, it's not going to happen. It's up to our law enforcement to enforce the speed limit. Who knows, they may save a life when they pull that person over that's driving 75mph+.
I know this won't solve all of the problems with the high speeds in Calvert, but it could save a life or two. The drivers in this county are so angry and aggressive, and it's rare that I see one pulled to the side of Rte. 4, the highway of many deaths.
Looter

Raleigh, NC

#8 Nov 5, 2007
I too live in Calvert and have for 11 years. I used to commute to DC now its Waldorf. I can say this to the people on this page that are complaining of the lack of law inforcement on Rt 4 aka Solomons Island Road: you all admit to doing 10 mph over the speed limit but reality is you exceed the speed limit far more than that. you have to, most of you work in DC and driving 65 on 4 each way just slows traffic down. If the sheriffs or the State boys are out there shooting radar you know what happens to traffic, youre bumper to bumper and late for work. We as parents need to teach our teenagers how to safely get around before we turn them loose on such a dangerous road. They are only practicing what you have taught them the years they road in your passengers seats as you screamed up and down 4 in your big SUVs and pickups riding my honda bumper trying to intimadate other drivers to get out of your way. I feel so badly of the parents of this lost child but I can say this its not the police fault for not being there. Teach your children well for one day they shall remind you of what they have learned. Think about this tonight before you go to sleep and I bet tomorrow when you get in your expedition to go to DC lets see if you really only drive ten mph over the speed limit. Prayers to the family.
inMD

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#9 Nov 5, 2007
"Police say a van full of teenagers pulled into the path of a box truck..."

I didn't read anything about anyone speeding?
Kate

Burtonsville, MD

#10 Nov 5, 2007
What intersection did this happen? And yes, I didn't see anything aboyt speed, either. Oneof the best things a parent can do is not allow anyone in the car with their teen while they are driving. Too many distractions, too many temptations to show off.
somratni

Yulee, FL

#11 Nov 5, 2007
As I mentioned in my earlier post, fault in this accident has yet to be determined. However, speeding in Calvert County is a VERY big problem and the cause of most of the accidents here. As residents we are all concerned about the issue. It is not unusual to have people passing you on Rt 4 going 80-100 mph. I've had people pass me on the right shoulder when the idiots going 80 in the left lane weren't going fast enough for them. Flyouts are common. When the police sit on the side of the road, people slow down and then speed up again once they've past them. The police can't be everywhere. The poor Medics and EMTS get a workout here.
JBD

United States

#12 Nov 5, 2007
I dont't live in Calvert County, I live in Charles County but I have heard about alot of accidents on Route 4. Like "somratni" said, maybe they will finally put a traffic light there. Also, as many of you have said, there should be more law enforcement in that area. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim and to those of the wounded.
kiss41

United States

#13 Nov 5, 2007
I have driven a school bus in Calvert County for about 40 years. I can tell you I have seen a lot of changes on our roads in that time.I Thank God that I don't have to spend much time on Rt. 4 with the bus full of children. We need more RED LIGHTS on Rt. 4 I think that is the only thing that is going to slow the traffic down and make it safe to cross this free way. I would also like to know why there is no school zone sign or flashing lights on RT.4 at HUNTINGTOWN HIGH SCHOOL? Leave home a little earlier and slow down the life you save may be your childrens Parents. My sorrow & Prayers go out to the families of the children in this accident.
Missy H

Gwynn Oak, MD

#14 Nov 5, 2007
Alyson, the girl who died is, was, one of my closest friends. I'm also friends with the other two female passaengers, Marina and Katie.
Alyson was such a careful driver, it was an accident, she didn't see the truck.
That intersection is so scary, I avoid it if I can, heck I avoid 4 all together if possible.
The police are doing what they can for speeders (I do ride alongs with the sheriffs dept.) but they just don't have the man power to do it all.
I love Alyson, and always will, and never put blame on her for this.
Her one friend, Ellie, and I, and others as well want to campaign for a light there, it's just too dangerous. And maybe this will get Calvert County govt's attention.
But for the rest of you, please just keep them in your prayers, your thoughts, whatever, and don't fight. Alyson wouldn't have wanted that...
omg cant bieleve it

Baltimore, MD

#15 Nov 5, 2007
i know both Ryan and Alyson they were greatly love and i hope that he makes it out okay i would really just like to say that if you do not live or work in calvert please do not comment on how people drive down here and please everybody pray Ryan makes it out okay the Purvis family cant afford to lose another child i am in total shock
Tom

Washington, DC

#16 Nov 5, 2007
First off I'm sorry about those kids,that's sad about the girl.
I live in Calvert and people drive
on RT 4 like a bunch of WANNABE
race drivers.My wife and I have been
driving in the right lane with our 1 yr old in the car and had people tailgate at 55-60 mph.
Tom

Washington, DC

#17 Nov 5, 2007
The road worse than RT 4 is 231.The Chuck co. side of 231 is just as bad as Calvert co. side
Ms Chase

United States

#18 Nov 5, 2007
My prayers and thoughts go out to the Purvis family. My thoughts go out to the other two young ladies as well. We can all point fingers at different things but the driver failed to yield right of way. It doesn't matter if it were a teen or adult driver with years experience. I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to not paying attention at times, driving over the speed limit. It just so happens it was a young person, brother and two friends all at the same high school. We can all ask questions why but that is not going to bring back the young lady. All of us need to pay more attention on our roads and not just in Calvert. More traffic means more accident probability. Always be aware of approaching road signs, curves, intersections etc. Be a defensive driver. Do we need a light at the intersection? Yes we do. Do we need to do something to other crossovers in Calvert? Yes we do. Does it make sense to reconstruct route 4 and 231 with a roundabout cirle? No. What does make sense is make the crossovers safer on Route 4. How many fatal accidents have we seen at the light of Route 4 and 231 compared to some of our crossovers? How many accidents have been fatal or seriuos at the intersection of Jewell Road and Rt 260? But, we are going to spend money on fixing something that is not broken so to speak(Rt 4 and 231)? I am not saying that it does not be addressed but I think that Rt 4 and Briscoe/Skinners Turn Road needs to be fixed first!
Again, my prayers go out to all families invloved.
By the way, I did not see where speed was a factor in this accident either.
Casey

High Point, NC

#19 Nov 5, 2007
As a recent alum from Northern High School, I can honestly say that there have been far too many tragedies there involving car accidents. At this particular intersection, however, I watched as my best friend got t-boned while trying to cross from Briscoes, to the median to get to northbound rt 4 traffic. There was a large tractor trailor turning into the median it waved her and I on so that it had space in the median. While she and I were concentrating on the truck, it was almost less important to look for traffic coming on southbound rt 4. She hesitated and went across but a car going over 65mph hit her drivers side and her car flew 15 feet into the grassy median. Fortunately, she was not killed and neither was the other driver. It is hard to see more than 2000 feet in the direction cars are coming and when you make that decision to go, you have to gun it. It is so sad to see this fatality happen because it is so real to me. I did not personally know Alyson, but I did know Katie and it kills me to know that this happened. I pray for all their families. Briscoes Turn, Skinners Turn, and Rt 4 interesection NEEDS a light.
Samantha Knopp

Frederick, MD

#20 Nov 6, 2007
She was my best friend...my twin sister. I can't believe she's really gone.

I love her...and miss her SO MUCH!

There's nothing else I can really bring myself to say.

R.I.P. my angel.

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