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Four-year-old boy killed in Cottage City car accident


Responding police, firefighters call crash 'worst accident' they've seen

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Photo by Jim Davis. This is all that is left of a sports utility vehicle after an accident that killed a 4-year-old boy and injured another child and two adults Thursday at Bladensburg Road and 37th Street in Cottage City.

Photo by Jim Davis. This is all that is left of a sports utility vehicle after an accident that killed a 4-year-old boy and injured another child and two adults Thursday at Bladensburg Road and 37th Street in Cottage City.

Published on: Friday, May 10, 2013

By Jim Davis

A car crash killed a 4-year-old boy and injured another child and two adults Thursday night in Cottage City.

Gerson Lagos-Tobar, who lives near the crash site, said, “I heard a loud crash and someone screaming. I ran down the street to see what happened and saw a baby on the ground not moving and a lady on her knees coving up the baby with a coat.”

The deadly accident occurred just before 8 p.m. at Bladensburg Road and 37th Street. When Prince George’s County fire and police departments responded to the scene, they found a mangled sports utility vehicle with two adults and a young girl with non-life-threatening injuries standing outside the vehicle.

“This is the worst accident I have ever seen. I can’t understand how the three are still living,” said a Prince George’s County police officer who has investigated motor vehicle accidents for seven years.

The three were transported to a local trauma center for treatment, officials said.

According to police officials on the scene, speed was a factor in the crash. The SUV was traveling southbound on Bladensburg Road when it clipped a car, causing the SUV to spin out of control and leave the roadway. It struck a telephone pole and a tree before coming to a stop.

A veteran Prince George’s County firefighter also told The Sentinel, “I have been on a number of accidents. I have never seen a car in this type of condition. It’s a miracle that all of them were not killed.”

Part of Bladensburg Road was shut down for several hours as police investigated the accident. 

UPDATE (Monday, May 13): Police identified the child as Charles Sullivan, of Silver Spring.

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