Wednesday, December 04, 2013 9:40 PM
Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Jim Davis
A Hyattsville woman was killed and three others were injured Sunday night when the car they were riding in drove off a bridge and into a creek in University Park.
Prince George’s County Police Department has identified the deceased as Teresa Sariano, of the 5100 block of 54th Avenue.
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responded to Baltimore Avenue and Wells Parkway around 8 p.m. for the reported motor vehicle accident with people trapped. When units arrived on the scene, they reported a vehicle overturned in a small creek with one person trapped in the back seat, Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said.
Prior to firefighters arriving on the scene, two adults freed themselves from the vehicle and also pulled an infant to safety. They were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Brady said.
Firefighters from Hyattsville and Berwyn Heights had to stabilize the car before they could free Sariano, Fire Department officials said.
It took firefighters about 15 minutes to free her. Sariano was then transported to a local trauma center, where she died from her injuries.
The preliminary investigation revealed the car was heading northbound on Baltimore Avenue. For reasons which remain unclear, the driver crossed into the southbound lanes and struck a curb on Wells Parkway. The car went down into a ditch and landed on its roof.
The investigation into this fatal accident is ongoing. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, according to police.