“Investigators do not believe that impaired driving was a factor in this crash,” according to state police
A Maryland community is mourning after a three-car crash left four people dead, including a grandson and two of his grandparents.
The collision occurred Saturday afternoon when a Saturn rear-ended a Chevrolet Equinox that had stopped while attempting to turn left onto Skidmore Road from Liberty Road in Carroll County, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.
The Equinox, driven by 72-year-old Charles Black III, was pushed into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes of Skidmore Road, where the vehicle was struck by a third car, described by authorities as a Ford F-350.
Charles and two passengers — Barbara Black, 69 and Debbie Hill, 63, of New Windsor — were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, MSP said.
Two other passengers from the Chevrolet — Gage Black, 17, and Phillip Ceresa, 15, of New Windsor — were transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with undisclosed injuries. Gage later died.
Charles and Barbara were Gage’s grandparents, and Debbie was Barbara’s sister, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Loved ones have started a GoFundMe campaign “to help with burial costs.” More than $20,000 has been raised as of Monday afternoon.
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“Our community suffered an unimaginable tragedy and loss,” the organizers wrote in the fundraiser’s description. They described the victims as four “amazing people.”
FSK Jr. Eagles Football also paid tribute online to the alumni’s families who were impacted by the “tragic” crash. The organization also showed its support for Phillip and his recovery.
“It is a sad morning,” the organization wrote Sunday in a post on its Facebook page.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. “Investigators do not believe that impaired driving was a factor in this crash,” according to MSP.
The driver of the Ford that hit the Chevrolet — identified as 59-year-old Jeffrey Burdette of Mt. Airy — was also injured in the crash. He was transported to Carroll Hospital in Westminster with undisclosed injuries.
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