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UPDATE: Teen Dies After Being Struck by Car in Maryland City

The 15-year-old was crossing the street when he was hit, police said.

A 15-year-old Laurel resident died Thursday morning after he was struck by a car in Maryland City, authorities said.

Division Chief Keith Swindle, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said the incident happened just before 6 a.m. near Route 198 and Russett Green East.

The teen was transported to Laurel Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and later died.

Anne Arundel County police identified the victim as Jaelin Ashe of nearby Carriage Walk Lane.

An investigation revealed that Ashe was struck by an eastbound 2010 Chevrolet Camaro while trying to cross the road Route 198, police said. The teen is believed to have crossed against a signal warning pedestrians to stop and wait.

The intersection was closed for several hours as authorities conducted an investigation, but it has since been reopened.

jenn williamson December 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
He went to my school... Everyone is devastated... Payers go out to all the students and staff at Meade and to his family. We miss you!
ConteeRdSauropod December 21, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Road design is the mistake. Signs, lights won't absolutely prevent the next collision. Structurally change roads with dense population so that cars ease slower towards the travel speed of resident pedestrians.
Dana Schwartz December 21, 2012 at 04:36 AM
And so you believe the motorist (or the highway designer) is completely at fault? There are already signal lights there to completely stop traffic for safe crossing. If any structural changes are needed, they should be ones to discourage pedestrians from breaking the law. How about putting fences in the median to stop jay-walking? Or adding an elevated walkway for those who just can't wait for the Walk sign? Or accelerating the light cycles so that waits for all are shorter?
Jenni Pompi December 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
These are good suggestions for increasing pedestrian safety and possibly decreasing fatalities. Anyone else have suggestions to share?
ConteeRdSauropod December 23, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Give local residents their space to be in their neighborhoods. It's not pedestrians that need to be stymied. Are we suffering from too much walking in this country? No. We are suffering from 32,000 and more deaths/year from the perception that design followed, that automobiles need to dominate our avenues. We are suffering a diabetes and obesity epidemic with extraordinary rates among our youth. They don't need less space to be able to walk through their neighborhoods, but maybe they need more! We need to maximize our walkable spaces so people don't feel like they or their kids have to rely on a car to go down the street. Cars should be coerced into moving slower amongst highly populated areas. Alter road design and slow passing vehicles with a road diet. Install extra medians, cycling/recreation paths. Install traffic circles and other flow-equalizers that allow cars to flow without stopping, but slow toward the speed of pedestrians, cyclists, and those in wheelchairs.

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