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Victim in U.S. 40 car crash remains in critical condition

Cheron Nicole Leighton was ejected from the vehicle and flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

July 08, 2012

A Baltimore woman who was seriously injured in a car accident Friday near the entrance of Greenbrier State Park on U.S. 40 remained in critical condition Sunday night at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Cheron Nicole Leighton, 34, who was driving a 2006 Honda Civic, was ejected from the vehicle and flown to the shock trauma center by a Maryland State Police helicopter after the accident at 1:35 p.m., police said.

A passenger in Leighton’s vehicle, Tiara Shaniece Elliott, 33, was thrown from the vehicle and later died at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, police said.

Another passenger, Troy Robertson, 31, of Baltimore, who was not ejected from the vehicle, was taken to Meritus with serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

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Leighton pulled in front of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 55-year-old Hagerstown resident Carroll Augustus Coleman Jr., who refused treatment at the scene, police said.

The roadway was closed for nearly two hours as police reconstructed and investigated the accident.

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