Ocean City, MD. – On Thursday, July 13, 2017, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Ocean City police responded to 1st Street and Baltimore Avenue in response to a pedestrian collision involving a three-year-old female and her grandmother. Officers determined that the grandmother was pushing the young girl in a stroller from east to west in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision.
Officials said two lanes of traffic had stopped to allow the pedestrians to cross, however, the vehicle in the third lane did not stop. The vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 17-year-old female of Berlin, MD, ultimately struck the two pedestrians, according to police.
The child was flown to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by Maryland State Police Trooper 4 helicopter as a precautionary measure. The grandmother was also transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center by Ocean City EMS. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries. Officers determined that the driver of the vehicle was at fault and was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision.
The Ocean City Police Department is reminding residents and visitors to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks not controlled by a traffic signal, particularly on Baltimore Avenue. Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.