Police in Montgomery County are investigating a single-car crash that occurred on Valentine’s Day which tragically claimed the life of a Gaithersburg teenager.
In a statement, police said they were called to Travilah Road in Potomac to respond to the scene of a car crash. A preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle, a Dodge Viper, had left the roadway and crashed into a concrete wall. While the driver was able to climb out of the vehicle through a window, it took rescuers more than an hour to extract the passenger from the wreckage.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 22-year-old Brandon Bussard, and his passenger, 18-year-old Christina Koutsoukos, were both taken to an area hospital for treatment. The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Koutsoukos succumbed to her serious injuries at the hospital.
While the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, police believe that excessive speed was a likely factor in the accident, and the driver may face criminal charges.
Koutsoukos was a freshman at the University of Maryland. She and Bussard were celebrating Valentine’s Day as a couple.
We at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Christina Koutsoukos and send best wishes for the recovery of the injured driver.
Holidays can be some of the most dangerous times for drivers to be on the road. We want to remind all drivers to exercise caution at all times in order to help themselves, their passengers, and others to arrive safely to their destinations. For more on car accidents, or to speak with a Maryland car accident attorney at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C., please call our office at (888) 885-5638.