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Police: Speed Was Factor in Crash That Killed Teen Girl

Two girls were struck by a car as they stood on a sidewalk in Gaithersburg.

A 16-year-old girl from Washington, DC was killed by a car that struck her on the sidewalk in Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
A 16-year-old girl from Washington, DC was killed by a car that struck her on the sidewalk in Gaithersburg, Md., on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

Montgomery County police said speed was a factor in a crash that killed a 16-year-old pedestrian in Gaithersburg on Friday.

Police said Teressa Rosalind French, 16, of Washington, D.C., was on the sidewalk in when she was struck by a vehicle in a chain-reaction crash. She and another pedestrian—Emily Grace Lowe, 13, of the 22400 block of Goshen School Road in Gaithersburg—were taken to the hospital.  Lowe admitted with critical injuries. French died at the hospital, according to police.

The girls were students at nearby Covenant Life School.

At around 2:30 p.m., police responded to reports of a crash in the 7400 block of Muncaster Mill Road.

A Honda Accord and a Chrysler Sebring crashed into each other as two lanes merged into one, according to police.

The Honda struck a utility pole and the Chrysler left the roadway, struck the girls on sidewalk, and then ran into a tree.

Police said in a news release Friday that speed was a factor in the crash.

Charges had not been filed against the drivers, two 17-year-olds from Gaithersburg, police said.

Police said the drivers and one of the two passengers in the Sebring were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the youths attended Magruder High School.

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