A Bel Air woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on state Route 543 in Fountain Green Thursday morning and four others, including a firefighter responding to the scene, were transported to area hospitals.
The crash occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m. near the Fountain Green Swim Club according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Maryland State Police said a northbound Chrysler 300 driven by Nicole Albers, 27, of Bel Air struck a southbound Lexus head-on.
A passenger in the Lexus, 64-year-old Carolyn DiCocco of Bel Air, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police. The driver of that vehicle, Albert DiCocco, 65, of Bel Air, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Albers and a passenger in her vehicle, Alycia Hoffman, 23, of Bel Air, were air-lifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. They were listed in fair condition as of Thursday afternoon, state police said.
A firefighter with the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company who responded to the scene was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for heat-related issues.
Route 543 remained closed through the midday hours Thursday as police investigated the accident and fire personnel cleared the scene.
(UPDATE, 7/24) The state police investigation is ongoing, according to Lt. Charles Moore of the Bel Air Barrack.
“There is a tremendous amount of work to be completed, diagrams to be drawn to scale, search warrants, witness statements, post crash inspections, etc. which have to be completed,” Moore said. “Our intentions are to leave no stone unturned as our approach is to treat these cases as if they were our family members. We can’t make them feel better about what happened but we can ensure them that justice will be served to the best of our ability and expertise.”
From the Maryland State Police:
On July 21 at 10:15 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack responded to Maryland Route 543 (South Fountain Green Road) near Foxborough Drive, Bel Air (South), Maryland, regarding a fatal motor vehicle crash.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Chrysler 300M driven by Nicole Ashley Albers, 27 yoa, of Bel Air, Md., was traveling northbound on Route 543 and struck (head-on) a 2010 Lexus being driven by Albert Dicocco, 65 yoa, of Bel Air, Md. Prior to the crash the Lexus was traveling southbound on Route 543. A passenger in the Lexus, Carolyn Dicocco, 64 yoa, also of Bel Air, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
Nicole Albers, and a passenger in the Chrysler 300M, Alycia Hoffman, 23 yoa, of Bel Air, Md., were flown to R. Adams Cowley, Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police Medevac Helicopters. They are both in fair condition. Albert Dicocco was transported by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company to Bayview Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He has since been discharged from Bayview.
The roadway was closed for approximately five hours while investigators from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack and Maryland State Police CRASH Team investigated the collision.
The collision remains under investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team and Trooper Orem from the Bel Air Barrack.