A 12-year-old girl is dead after the horse and buggy she was traveling in was struck by a car in St. Mary’s County, police said.
Shortly before 7:40 p.m. Saturday, the driver of an Amish horse and buggy attempted to cross the intersection of Route 5 from Oaks Road to Mount Wolf Road in Charlotte Hall, Md. According to police, the buggy had the green light when the driver began to cross the road, but the light changed to red before the crossing was complete.
At the same time, Francis Jerome Brawner Jr., 31, of Waldorf, Md., was driving north on Route 5. Brawner attempted to cross the intersection where Oaks Road turns into Mount Wolf Road on a green light, not noticing that the buggy was still in the road.
Brawner’s car hit the buggy, and the driver and two passengers were thrown from the buggy, police reported.
All three people in the buggy were transported to Civista Medical Center. Twelve-year-old Saloma Kathleen Stoltzfus died from her injuries at the hospital. The other two people were treated and released.
Police did not provide information about the type of injuries sustained by the buggy passengers, Brawner’s condition or the horse’s condition. The primary crash investigator, Sgt. Edward Evens, could not immediately be reached for details.
Police said there is no evidence that speed, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information can call 301-475-4200 ext. 9018.
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