Girl, 16, escapes serious injury in two-car, head-on collision

August 29, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 16-year-old Abingdon girl escaped serious injury late Thursday when her car was struck head-on along Route 24 in Forest Hill.

State police investigators said the girl, Kira A. Matukaitis, was driving her 1990 Hyundai Excel south on Route 24 near East Jarrettsville Road just before midnight when a 1977 Dodge being driven north by Hugh Everett, 24, of Street crossed the center line and struck her car.

The teen-ager was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment.

A hospital spokesman said the girl was released Friday.

Mr. Everett did not require medical attention, police said.

A state police investigation to determine the cause of the accident continues.

Kira is the daughter of the late Ann F. Matukaitis, who died Aug. 3 of cancer.

Ms. Matukaitis was a Harford County Circuit Court social worker who was noted for developing a program to help resolve adoption and divorce cases involving children.

Called a pioneer in divorce mediation within the state, Ms. Matukaitis had finished writing a book for children on divorce called, "Just for [the child's name] and Other Special Kids."

The book was designed to help children survive family breakups and assure them that they were not responsible.

Her daughters, Lauren and Kira, said they intend to have the book published.

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