A 72-year-old Forest Hill woman was killed in a three-car collision on the Bel Air Bypass Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said Friday.
Catherine Mattheu, 72, of Forest Hill was killed in the accident, which occurred just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the intersection of the bypass and Route 24.
According to state police, Mattheu was southbound on the bypass in a 2009 Toyota Camry when she swerved to avoid a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze operation by Ryan Tewey of Bel Air, which was stopped in the left turn lane at the intersection with Route 24. Mattheu’s vehicle clipped Tewey’s car and began spinning into the right lane, where it was hit on the driver’s side by 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Michael Ball of Baltimore. Mattheu’s car left the roadway and overturned.
Mattheu and Ball were taken to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center; Mattheu was later transported to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she died from her injuries. The extent of Ball’s injuries was not immediately available.
Mattheu is not believed to have been impaired at the time of the crash, and speed was not a factor in the accident, a state police spokesman said.