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Female passenger killed when car slams into a tree

A woman was killed in a car accident in Maryland the day after Christmas. The "high-impact" crash happened in the afternoon, and one person who lived near the scene said it shook the house. Others claimed it sounded just the same as an explosion, and reports indicate that it could be heard for blocks.

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The woman, who was 58-year-old and from Baltimore, was the passenger in the car. The driver, a man, was also badly hurt. He was taken to a medical center in the area.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, police claim that the Nissan Altima the two were riding in was heading west down Sandy Spring Road when, for some reason, it veered to the side, went off of the road, hit an electrical cable and then slammed head-on into a tree.

The police have not yet publicly said how fast they think the Altima may have been going when it went out of control and crashed, but witnesses have described the scene. One woman said she was looking out the window as she fixed dinner, and suddenly the car flew through her yard, going airborne in the process, before crashing.

Early reports indicate that the people in the car may have been hurt in some other way before crashing -- perhaps shedding some light on why the accident happened on dry pavement. The police are still sorting out the details, but they said that neither person had been shot.

When passengers die in car accidents, the drivers may be liable, even when they are seriously injured themselves. Grieving families may need to know if they can seek compensation for lost wages, funeral costs, and the like.

Source: ABC7 News, "Fire officials: Woman dead, 1 injured after car crashes into tree in Maryland," Tom Roussey/Richard Reeve, Dec. 26, 2016

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