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Candlelight vigil to be held Sunday night at boardwalk

Maryland State Police are investigating a Wednesday morning car accident in which a Chesapeake Beach teenager was killed and three other people were injured.

Courtney G. Curl, 17, of Chesapeake Beach, who was in the front seat passenger in the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro involved in the two-vehicle crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, MSP Prince Frederick barrack troopers and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to East Mt. Harmony Road at Valley View Court in Owings for a reported serious car accident, according to a press release.

Police said the Camaro, driven by Brittany N. Curl, 20, of Chesapeake Beach was traveling west on East Mt. Harmony Road when, “for unknown reasons,” the Camaro crossed the double yellow lines into traffic traveling east. The Camaro collided with a 2013 Honda Ridgeline truck, driven by Charles A. Wood, 77, of Dunkirk.

Wood was taken by ambulance to Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

Brittany Curl was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Ten-year-old Peyton R. Curl of Chesapeake Beach, a passenger in the Camaro, was taken by helicopter to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Sisters Morgan Menoche, 18, and Karlie, 10, of Dunkirk said they have known the Curl sisters for about two years, when Karlie and Peyton joined the same traveling soccer team.

When they’re not “travel[ing] together and stay[ing] in hotel rooms” for soccer tournaments, Karlie said she and Peyton like to “play outside” and “jump on the trampoline.” Karlie said Peyton is “so funny” and has “a good personality.”

“She always smiles and she never gets … down,” Karlie said of her friend.

Morgan Menoche said she became friends with Brittany Curl through her younger sister’s friendship with Peyton.

“The whole [Curl] family, every single one of them, is always so sweet,” she said. “They would do anything for anyone. They’re always happy, always smiling.”

Morgan Menoche said she, and Karlie’s soccer team, is “praying for [the family] and a speedy recovery” for Brittany and Peyton Curl.

Shelley Beavers of Owings said she has known Brittany, Courtney and Peyton’s mother, Lisa, for more than 20 years, but “we really started getting close” when her daughter, 10-year-old Jaelyn King, and Peyton started playing soccer together.

Brittany Curl used to drive Jaelyn to and from soccer practice every day, Beavers said, and Courtney Curl would watch her when Beavers and her husband would go out.

“Courtney was definitely a sweet, loving sister,” Beavers said. “… They were all very tight sisters.”

Beavers said Courtney Curl “went through her phases” and often would dye her hair different colors. Beavers, who is a hairdresser, said Courtney Curl had “every cut/color” possible and would “teach me things about color.”

Wednesday’s accident occurred right in front of Beavers’ house, she said.

“It’s going to be hard living here, driving up that road every day, knowing that my friend’s children — you know,” Beavers said. “It’s terrible.”

Beavers said, “We are praying for them, and we can’t imagine what they’re dealing with. [We’re] staying strong in our prayers and our lives will never be the same.”

Beavers said she is holding a candlelight vigil for Courtney Curl and a prayer for Brittany Curl at 8 p.m. Sunday on the North Beach boardwalk.

Police said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a contributing factor to the accident, which is still being investigated. There has been no determination of speed at this point in the investigation, according to a press release.

The North Beach, Huntingtown and Dunkirk volunteer fire and rescue departments, along with the sheriff’s office, assisted with the investigation.

Once the investigation is completed, the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office will be consulted, the press release states. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Tfc. B. Sorenson of the MSP Prince Frederick barrack at 410-535-1400.

KATIE FITZPATRICK