1 dead, 3 hurt when car crashes into family on bicycle ride

August 08, 2010|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

A Laurel woman was killed and three members of a family were injured after the driver lost control of her car and crashed into the family as they rested during a bike outing Sunday morning, Anne Arundel County police said.

The driver, Romota Olumemisi Koletowo, 63, was returning home from work about 10:15 when her 2001 Nissan Altima careened off the road and knocked over a light pole near the intersection of Russett Green West and Ridgemoor Drive in Laurel, police said.

The Nissan crossed a bike path, crashed into some bushes and a trash can, then struck a bench where Franz Clementschitsch, 36, was sitting and drinking water. The force of the impact sent Clementschitsch 38 feet into the woods, police said.

The man's wife, Susanne Clementschitsch, 38, and one of their twin 4-year-old sons were injured by flying debris. The other son escaped harm.

Rescuers extricated Koletowo from the Nissan, which had flipped over and was resting on its roof, and took her to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead at noon, police said.

Franz Clementschitsch was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries; he was in serious but stable condition Sunday evening, according to police. His wife and son where taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and were also in serious but stable condition Sunday evening, police said.

Koletowo, of the 8300 block of Water Lily Way in Laurel, had been on her way home from work after beginning a shift about 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. Police were investigating whether fatigue or a medical emergency had contributed to the crash; they do not believe alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were factors.

Julie.scharper@baltsun.com

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