By: William Atkinson
On November 8, 2015, a child and three adults died after a pickup truck
slammed into a van carrying 16 passengers near the intersection of 21st
Place and Chillum Road in Hyattsville, Maryland. Minutes earlier, the
pickup truck driver struck a Cadillac, causing one of the truck’s
tires to catch fire. The pickup truck fled the accident scene and shortly
thereafter rammed into the van head-on. A married couple in their 70s
and a 6-year-old girl were also killed in the accident. A pregnant woman
in the van also lost her child due to the crash. The driver of the pickup
The van was on its way to a Sunday evening church service at Iglesia Ministerio
de Dios Unido in Hyattsville, Maryland. The church is approximately two
years old and primarily services immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras.
The church offers a van transportation service to members that leaves
from the intersection of Georgia and Missouri avenues in Northwest Washington, D.C.
In addition to the deceased, eight adults and six children were transferred
to area hospitals. Eight are listed in critical condition.
A spokesperson for Children’s National Medical Center stated that
two children in the van are in critical condition and three are in fair
condition. Eight adults who survived the crash are receiving medical care,
according to a MedStar Washington Hospital Center spokesperson.
The civil justice system allows individuals to hold wrongdoers accountable.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our experienced auto
accident attorneys fight for victims of car wrecks caused by careless,
dangerous drivers. We also seek justice on behalf of family members of
victims who died in such auto accidents.