Our car accident attorneys recently learned of yet another catastrophic Maryland vehicle accident in the DC metro area. This recent multi-car crash happened in the afternoon on August 27, when high volumes of traffic were traveling on Route 3 in Gambrills, in Anne Arundel County.
Officials said that the multi-vehicle accident was caused when a flatbed truck rear-ended a Toyota Camry, starting a chain reaction accident involving a total of five cars and the flatbed truck, itself.
The driver of the Camry, 37-year-old Michael Thomas Cullen, was traveling home to Warsaw, Va. on Route 3 just before 5 p.m. with his girlfriend, Bethany Dempsey, her 14-year-old daughter Lauren Dempsey, and his two children, Bubba and Abigail. Bethany, Lauren, and 7-year-old Abigail were passengers in the backseat of the Camry when a flatbed truck, driven by Jason Nathaniel Pagaypa, rear-ended the car.
Authorities determined that Pagaypa was traveling at a rate of speed near the posted 50 mph speed limit, but failed to slow his truck when congested traffic slowed near the Route 175 intersection traffic light.
All three of the backseat passengers died at the scene, while Cullen and his 15-year-old son were hospitalized with critical injuries. Four other motorists were also hospitalized for injuries that they sustained during the accident.
One injured crash victim and witness, Jim Cox, stated that his wife’s seat broke during the accident and that she was in tremendous pain, but rescue personnel were unable to immediately help because others were more seriously injured.
Another witness described the crash by stating, “I just remember swirling around, turning around, a car coming to a stop, a truck coming by…” In fact, first responders at the scene were reportedly so distraught by the intensity of the accident that a counselor was called out to the scene to help those emotionally processing the accident.
Our family at Lewis & Tompkins would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of both the Cullen and Dempsey families during this difficult time. We offer our thoughts to all of victims injured in the crash, in hopes of a full and quick recovery.