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Teen passenger dies after morning accident

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The Maryland State Police responded to a car accident in Churchville, Maryland, at Route 22 and Route 155. The wreck happened at about 7:45 in the morning, on a Thursday. One teenager was killed. He was riding in the front passenger seat, and he was just 15 years old.

The teen was a good athlete, playing multiple sports at John Carroll, including football and baseball. Around 200 people showed up at the baseball field for a vigil when word spread that he had been killed. Teammates talked, a campus minister was on hand, and the president of the school even came to give a statement.

The main car involved in the wreck was a Volvo 850, which was being driven by a 59-year-old man. He stopped at Route 22 to turn left. The teen was in the passenger seat.

The other vehicle was a Ford Explorer, a full-sized SUV, and it was also on Route 22, going west. That is a two-lane road going that direction.

The police are still investigating, but they believe that someone in the left lane came to a stop to let the Volvo, in the turn lane, cross into the parking lot of Royal Farms. The man then began turning across both lanes, but the SUV in the right lane -- driven by an 18-year-old -- never stopped. It hit the Volvo during the turn.

The 15-year-old was brought to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, but he could not be saved.

When parents lose a child -- the teen's mother was reportedly at his vigil at school -- it's important for them to know if they have a right to compensation. This money can help with funeral costs and many other unexpected expenses.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "John Carroll student dies after Thursday morning crash," David Anderson, March 03, 2017

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