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Car flees from police, causes deadly accident

According to Maryland State Police, a driver fled from one of their officers in Howard County, ran a red light and caused a deadly crash.

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Police say the chain of events began when an officer spotted a Honda Accord doing 70 miles per hour in a 55-MPH zone. The officer tried to pull the car over. Instead, the car reportedly sped up and got away from the police. The officer said she lost sight of the vehicle in mere seconds.

As it continued on, a 26-year-old man further down the road tried to turn onto the street, leaving a fast food restaurant parking lot. The way should have been clear, as there was a red light between him and the approaching Accord.

However, the police say the speeding Accord blew through the light and rammed right into the driver's side door on the second vehicle. The police officer then came up to the crash site.

The driver and his 44-year-old passenger were brought to Shock Trauma, where the passenger was treated and the driver was declared dead. The 18-year-old woman driving the Accord and her 21-year-old passenger were also hurt, and they were taken to Shock Trauma.

Police say they found 120 pills on the passenger in the Accord, which they believe to be Xanax. The driver is facing numerous drug charges as a result.

A deadly car accident can leave a family grieving and facing high medical bills and funeral costs. At the same time, they could be dealing with lost wages and, in some cases, the loss of the main earner for the family. In such a dire situation, it's important for family members to know if they have a right to compensation.

Source: ABC News, "Man killed in crash involving car that fled from police in Howard County," Jan. 30, 2017

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