A Maryland woman who was going to get married on September 20 died a week before her wedding when the limousine that she and her friends were riding in on the night of her bachelorette party was struck by a tractor-trailer around 4:30 in the morning. Sunshine Royston, 28, suffered fatal injuries from the truck crash.
According to Baltimore police, a Freightliner tractor-trailer turned into the left side of the limousine, causing the limo to get knocked onto its side. Royston was later pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the other girls that had been in the vehicle with her were also treated for injuries. A Baltimore police spokesman says that preliminary reports indicate that the tractor-trailer driver appears to have failed to yield to the right of way but that the investigation into the crash continues.
According to family members, the girls rented the limousine for the party because they did not want to drink and drive. Royston leaves behind her finance and three children.
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (a summary can be found on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Web site), associated factors for truck crashes include:
• Brake difficulties
• Use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication
• Road problems
• Driving too fast for current road conditions
• Interruptions to traffic flow
• Improper surveillance
• Work pressures
• Illegal maneuvering
• Driver distraction or inattention
• Drunk driving
• Driving under the influence of drugs
Bride-to-be dies when tractor-trailer hits limousine, BaltimoreSun.com, September 14, 2008
Viewing Held For Bride-To-Be Killed In Accident, WJZ.com, September 16, 2008
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