Police: 12-year-old girl dies in Howard Co. after crashing car into tree

A 12-year-old girl was killed after the car she was driving veered off the road and slammed into a tree in Columbia, Maryland, early Sunday morning.

The man, age 36, in the car’s passenger seat was seriously injured, police say.

It happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday on Broken Land Parkway south of Cradlerock Way, near Lake Elkhorn, according to a statement from Howard County police.

Responders transported the passenger, who suffered from “serious injuries,” to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The road was closed between Cradlerock Way and Snowden River Parkway for around four hours while the crash was investigated.

Below is a map of the area:

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Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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