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Woman dies following a head-on, early morning West River vehicle crash

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Posted at 2:26 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 15:09:38-04

WEST RIVER, Md. — Anne Arundel County officials say a 22-year-old woman died early Friday morning following a head-on vehicle collision.

A little before 8 a.m., officers arrived to Muddy Creek Road, near Swamp Circle Road, for a crash that involved two vehicles. A 2019 Honda Fit was traveling northbound on Muddy Creek Road when it lost control, crossed the double yellow center line and struck a southbound traveling Toyota Highlander head-on.

The driver of the Honda Fit, 22-year-old Katherine Sofia Chicas Arias, of Churchton, MD, was flown to University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where she ended up succumbing to her injuries. 43-year-old Kelley Ann Kaczka Brantner, of West River, who had been driving the Toyota, and her 8-year-old occupant, were transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis, with minor injuries.

The primary cause of the crash was that the Honda failed to remain right of center. However, the Traffic Safety Section is handling the crash investigation.