COLLEGE PARK – An 18-year-old University of Maryland freshman was struck and killed early Sunday on the edge of campus.
Just before 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, units from the College Park Volunteer Fire Department, along with a Prince George's County Fire Department paramedic unit and patrol units from the university and county police departments, responded to the north gate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore Avenue and Campus Drive for a pedestrian struck.
Upon arrival, emergency personnel located a female, who police have identified as Maria Fisher from Lancaster, Pa., suffering from life-threatening injuries after she was struck by an Acura SUV. She was transported to Prince George's Trauma Center, but due to the severity of her injuries she died a short time later.
According to police, Fisher was in or near a crosswalk at the time of the incident. Police are trying to determine if she was on her cell phone and if she was crossing with the light.
The driver of the SUV, an adult male, stopped immediately and tested negative for alcohol, police said.
Several University of Maryland students were injured or killed crossing Baltimore Avenue in an 11-month period in 2015. Since then Prince George’s County and the city of College Park have installed fencing and upgraded signals between Hartwick Road and Knox Road. The enhancements are about 3/4 of a mile south of where Fisher was killed.
Fisher graduated from Hempfield High School last spring and was an avid soccer player. She was undecided on a major at Maryland, but was contemplating criminology or psychology, according to her father, Daniel.