UPDATE: Consquella Zebley Frieswyk of Bel Air was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 24 and Wheel Road Wednesday morning, Maryland State Police said early Thursday.
Frieswyk died at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Matthew Kail, commander of the Bel Air Barrack. Police had not been able to immediately confirm her status Wednesday night.
The original Maryland State Police release on the crash follows.
From the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack:
On 3/13/13 at approximately 0817 hours troopers from the Bel Air Barrack responded to the intersection of MD 24 @ Wheel Road, Bel Air MD for a serious motor vehicle collision.
Upon arrival the observed two vehicles in the median. After a preliminary investigation it was revealed vehicle no. 1, a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, Florida Reg. AFZP68, operated by Robert Corbin of Newport, RI was driving southbound MD 24 at Wheel Road. Vehicle no. 2, a 2012 Subaru Outback, Maryland Reg. 1AR7349, operated by Consquella Zebley Frieswyk of Bel Air, MD was driving east bound Wheel Road at MD 24.
Vehicle No. 2 was traveling through the intersection on a green traffic signal. Vehicle No. 1 failed to stop for a steady red signal at the intersection, striking vehicle no. 2 on the driver side door. Both vehicles then traveled off the roadway into the median, coming to rest in a ditch.
Both the driver and passenger of vehicle no. 1 were transported to Upper Chesapeake with non-life-threatening injuries and are in stable condition. The driver of Vehicle no. 2 was transported to Upper Chesapeake with life-threatening injuries and is currently in critical and unstable condition.
The crash is currently being investigated by TFC Amoroso of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack. The Reconstructionist is Cpl. J. Wargo.
The Money Tree says
So the idiot who ran the red light is fine and the poor woman who was actually paying attention and operating her vehicle in a proper legal manner is near death. Pray for the lady from Bel Air who was doing nothing other than what most of the rest of us do everyday. With regard to the jerk from RI – throw the book at her; arrest her and put her in jail as soon as she’s able to leave the hospital, revoke her license to ever drive a car and fine her to the point she loses everything she owns and has worked for. Tired of people causing accidents and injuring others with almost no consequence.
Unfortunately, this will simply not be the case. The driver will be cited, and ROR.
Additional charges will be filed, most likely, that include negligent homicide; vehicular manslaughter, etc…whatever the highest applicable charge is, and all lesser included offenses.
Being that the driver will be tried in Maryland, it is highly unlikely that any jailtime will occur, unless the driver is found to be under the influence. If it is a simple “accident”, where it was pure inattentive driving, then fines will most likely be levied.
Where the driver of Vehicle 1 will be hit the hardest are any civil lawsuits filed by the victims family – the family vs the insurance company…
Such a sad story.
The Money Tree says
Truly sad, heartbreaking and completely avoidable.
Really sad, and frustrating. The clock ticks for all of us and it comes in the blink of an eye. It may not have made any difference here due to speed and sight lines, but please people, whenever you pass through intersections do the following:
1. Slow down, cause chances are you were speeding already
2. Check the intersection yourself as far as you can see, don’t rely on the color of the light
3. Hover your foot over the brake pedal as you are slowing
4. DO NOT distract yourself with ANYTHING, no drink, no snack, no radio, no phone
5. Keep both hands on the wheel, cause believe it or not, your car is harder to control at high speed with just one hand, and split seconds matter.
And the faster you or the opposing traffic is going, the more important it is to do the above.
I thought Subaru was a very safe vehicle, and a top pick for crash tests?
j johnson says
High speed impact to door will fail on anything that is not armored.
2012 Outback has a five star side impact rating vs another vehicle for the front row, four stars for rear row by NHTSA, “Good” (top rating) by IIHS for side impact. IIHS’s test is 31mph at impact and NHTSA’s at 38mph, so the results aren’t exactly applicable if you’re hit at the 60+mph as Rt 24 traffic typically moves at.
Most often, it is not the actual impact that kills the occupants of the vehicle. It is the subsequent thrashing around inside of the car before the vehicles come to rest: head trauma, internal injuries; all of this is increased if the driver / passenger were not properly secured with seatbelts (which is not noted in this story, so I am just guessing).
The internal damages can also be attributed to blunt force trauma to the body caused by the actual impact – same theory applies to how people die of gunshot wounds while wearing body armor. The bullet may never penetrate the body, but the force of the impact is severe enough to do some damage to internal body parts.
This sucks – I truly hate to hear of fatality accidents anywhere – especially so close to home. Prayers to the family who lost a loved one.
Sorry my comment was hidden ..poor comment rating. Did not know that she did not survive. Thought her vehicle was a safe one..have three daughters of my own, and looked at this vehicle or considered it as very safe. What did I say to offend? Would not want this to ever happen to anybody? Tragic? I worry everyday about my young daughters..if it was up to me…I would not let them drive till they were 30! Sorry, if I offended anyone. My thoughts are really with what this family is going through.
j johnson says
Jerk from RI with FL tags was a him not her.
Similar accident to a couple months ago at singer road.
The Money Tree says
I understand the lady from Bel Air has died of her injuries.
The Money Tree says
I might add Consquella Frieswyk is listed as the administrator of the Christ Our King Cooperative Nursery School affiliated with same name Presbyterian Church. Not that one life is more valuable than another based upon thier employment or place, but in this case the woman taught 2 and 3 year old children – how do you explain to toddlers than Mrs. Frieswyk won’t be coming back because nimrod wasn’t paying attention?
This is awful and tragic.
Situations similar to this going across 40 or 24 can be dangerous even with a green light, clearly. Has almost happened to me twice in the past few years; once turning left on 40 off of 543…a person narrowly passed my front bumper at highway speeds on a red. Also happened crossing 40 at Edgewood road; a guy completely oblivious blew through a red light in his pickup just in front of me. In both these situations, luckily I wasn’t in a hurry to get to work by jumping the light as soon as it turned green for me.
The Money Tree says
Latest word is the RI driver is 82 years old. Not sure how that changes anything…perhaps mitigates intent. I see elderly drivers all the time that have no business being on the road. Who wants to take the keys away but an 82 year old who’s long past good judgement but can kill you behind the wheel as quickly as a teenage texter. Perhaps we ought to mandate more frequent testing after a specific age. Older drivers reject that suggestion because no doubt it limits thier lives to some degree – our county is aging, our country is aging. If this older person has homes in RI and winters in FL it ought to tell you something about his financial position – I’d sue his pants off.
I agree that older drivers need to be tested just like younger drivers to keep your license. That area of 24 is straight and clear and yesterday’s weather was a non-factor, no excuse for running a light that is working perfectly. Know the family, live in their neighborhood and this is heartbreaking. This person that did this has no business being on the road.
The AARP would never allow it, but I agree, there needs to be more frequent skills testing for older drivers. Make them pass a 30 minute road course through traffic, not just follow spraypaint in a parking lot, on an annual basis after age 68.
Steve Jacobs says
Old people vote, they’ll never pass any kind of law for senior testing…..not in a million years……….
Steve Graham says
Very sad situation. This is why even with a green light, you need to take time to look left and right so you can take evasive action should it look like another vehicle is going to come through on red.
Cindy Mumby says
Consquella was a strong, wonderful woman, so dedicated to her family and her community. She will be greatly missed.
So, true, Cindy.
The Other Driver who ran the red light was a male..The woman who died..was my cousin…
Knew Mrs. Frieswyck from elementary school – her son and my son were the same age. I know what it’s like for children to lose a mother as my boys lost theirs albeit to cancer and not to something something seen as avoidable such as a traffic accident. Very tragic. But accidents are going happen, as will breast cancer. Not impressed with the several comments on this post castigating the other driver, who regardless of actual age, gender, under the influence, etc, etc, gets to live with the horror of what they caused, have it play over and over their brain, for the rest of their life. As accidents are going to happen, that “idiot” could be any one of us at some point.
The police were out in force yesterday ticketing on 24. So for a few days people will slow down, then the officers will leave and everyone will speed again. I always wait before crossing on 24, but if the light was already green for awhile there was probably no warning. Someone passed me yesterday in the new lane by the hospital and then cut over doing at least 80. That’s my next pick for a fatal accident.
Any excuse to raise money. Speed had absolutely nothing to do with that accident. It was a simple case of driver error. They can write tickets all week and it will make no difference what so ever. I’d rather they spend their time solving a ton of unsolved robberies and break-in’s going on in this county right now. You can not regulate stupid. Prayers go out to the families of all involved.
Luther Lingus says
My guess with be the kid driving the Blue Ford GT40 or the kid driving the Black Lotus Exige S. Those two are always flying around Bel Air at high speeds.
richard trevelli says
THe killer is a rich snob, a racist and a creep. I know him. Poor woman he killed never had a chance. Send him to the slammer for life.