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Kirsten Danielle Mergner, 18, killed in crash on Route 27 in Germantown

March 7, 2011 - 06:34 AM
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An 18 year-old college student, visiting home on spring break, was killed Monday morning in a crash in Germantown.

The driver of the Honda, Kirsten Danielle Mergner, 18, of Damascus, Md., was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a student at Shippensburg University.

Montgomery County police responded to the Ridge Road and Brink Road just before 5 a.m. for report of an accident involving two vehicles.

Police say a 2008 red Honda Civic, traveling northbound on Ridge Road (Route 27), crossed the center lines and collided into a 2006 red Ford Explorer, which was traveling southbound on Ridge Road.

The driver of the Ford, Jill Yvette Gole, 50, of Mt. Airy, Md., was transported to Suburban Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say Mergner was wearing her seat belt, but Gole was not.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but police say conditions were icy, windy, and below freezing.

Allen Rawlings said he counted Mergner among his best friends.

“Whenever she walked in a room everyone smiled,” he said. ”She was just a real genuine person. Got along with everybody very well.”

The wreck shut down Ridge Road in both directions during the morning rush.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301.840.2435. The investigation is ongoing.

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