PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD- According to the WashingtonPost.com, a passenger in a vehicle was killed in a collision that occurred at around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. The victim had been riding in the backseat of a Chevrolet Tahoe when the car crashed and flipped.
Witnesses state that two vehicles had been driving aggressively leading up to the time of the crash. The Tahoe in which the victim was riding was not reported to be driving in a dangerous manner. A Dodge Charger was reported to have been one of the vehicles involved in the crash and was one of the two vehicles driving aggressively. The other vehicle whose driver may have been played a role in causing the accident was not involved in the collision and did not remain in at the scene.
The investigation into the accident continues and police are seeking out witnesses.
SUVs, like the Tahoe, carry a higher risk of flipping over in accidents. This is the result of their design which is higher and more top heavy. Passengers riding in a vehicle that flips are likely to be ejected from the vehicle if they are not properly restrained with a seatbelt. The chances of surviving being thrown from a car are low.
In Maryland, seatbelts are required for all drivers, front seat passengers, and children. Police can stop vehicles if they notice that someone in the front seat is not wearing a seatbelt. It is not illegal for an adult passenger to ride in the back of a vehicle without any restraints.