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Student from New York dies in D.C.-area accident

A 27-year-old woman from New York decided that she wanted to become a dentist, so she went to school at Howard University, in the Washington D.C. area. On Monday, June 24, she had pulled over to the right shoulder while going down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Though she didn't know it at the time, a police chase was happening behind her on the same road. A 24-year-old man had run into a squad car while driving his vehicle, but rather than stopping, he tried to flee the scene.

Officers gave chase, driving out onto I-295. At that point, they decided that it was too dangerous to keep following him, and they called it off. However, the suspect didn't know that, and he kept speeding down 295, heading north.

Tragically, as he was running from that now nonexistent pursuit, he smashed into the back of the young woman's car. This was right around 9:15 in the evening.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, where car parts lay scattered all over the road. They had to extract the young woman from her car, but they could not save her life. The young man also had serious injuries. He was taken to a trauma center by helicopter, and the police later noted that they had taken him into custody.

Police are still investigating the incident, and they said they're not sure if the pursuit of the subject contributed to the accident or not. Reports do say that they had called it off.

Those who lose loved ones in tragic accidents like these need to know if they have a right to financial compensation from those responsible.

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