UPDATE: Joppa Accident Claims Teen's Life

The accident took place between Joppa and Fallston Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE (7:25 p.m.)—A head-on collision claimed the life of an 18-year-old Forest Hill woman Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2:14 p.m. a head-on collision took place in the area of Old Joppa Road and Mountain Road in Fallston, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Kloiber with the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack.

Hanna Mackensie Kriss, 18, of the 100 block of Theodora Court in Forest Hill, was driving north on Mountain Road when her 1999 Saturn crossed the double-yellow line in the area of Old Joppa Road, according to a release from state police.

The Saturn sideswiped a 2011 Toyota Avalon, driven by 44-year-old Sandy Rohe of the 2500 block of Beverly Drive in Joppa, according to police.

The Saturn continued on the wrong side of the road after hitting the Avalon and hit a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban head-on. Both the driver of the Suburban, Dereke Michael Hoch, 28, of the 800 block of Palm Tree Circle in Glen Burnie, and his front seat passenger, Michael Craig Burke, 34, of the 7700 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Pasadena, got out of the car before emergency crews arrived at the scene, police said.

Following the crash the Suburban caught fire and became engulfed in flames.

Kriss was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state plice. Investigators are not sure why she crossed the center line.

Rohe was not injured in the crash, but Hoch was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment and Burke was taken Bayview Medical Center. Neither men suffered life-threatening injuries.

Terry August 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Meg: Agreed! Presumptions without facts seem to be the rediculous norm anymore. This was a horrendous tragedy and has directly affected a lot of people, and will for a long time. Sensitivity training should be in order for those that are quick to condemn without all of the facts.
Terry August 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Not everyone can afford to be driving a 2008 or later newer car ......You got some nerve Tom......Like katie says go pitch your wares elsewhere
Bob August 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Elizabeth, first of all, I am very sorry about your son. I cannot imagine losing a child, let alone one that young. As for this accident, I have no idea how God could use it for good. Did anyone think on 9/11/01 that He could use such a tragedy for good? Probably not, but we later found out He did indeed - one story I read was of an alcoholic who saw the towers hit and fall, and for him that was really sobering - literally and figuratively. This is just a guess, but for the sake of argument, let's say this young lady was texting....this could be the catalyst Annapolis needs to make texting while driving a primary offense, and in turn save many, many lives. Of course even as a primary, people will still do it, but I'd say it's a safe bet that it would a lot less than now. As for the loss of your son, perhaps the good will come when you least expect it. His ways are rarely our ways. As for preaching on the website, I won't be a Peter and deny God. I am not forcing anyone to believe anything, I'm merely stating my own beliefs.
claudia januchowski August 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I absolutely agree with Bob. I too had been guilty of talking and texting while driving until my brother died in February, 2010 as a result of the school bus accident in September, 2009 in Havre de Grace. The driver of the car in front of him crossed the center line. We were told that the driver was distracted reaching for her cellphone. While the pain of loosing my brother is sometimes almost unbearable, it is nothing like the pain this child's parents are enduring and will endure for the rest of their lives. Sad thing is that it takes accidents like this one and the one that resulted in my brother's death, to raise awareness regardless of whether or not this child was using her cellphone. So what better place to have the forum to remind people of the dangers of using cellphones while driving? I will forever have this family in my thoughts and prayers.
Sophie August 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Hannah was a beautiful beautiful girl, she was so good to everyone and we will miss her more then words can explain. She will never ever be forgotten. Love you Hannah! Watch over us angel<3
Jessica Onorato August 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
everyone is entitled to their opinions but in the end this was a young girl and someones daughter please show resepct to the Kriss family in this tragic time
Nancymom24 August 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I am the Mom of Hannah's boyfriend and to say this is sheer devastation is an understatement. Lift Hannah's parents, brothers and sister up in prayer. Pray that my son gets through this inexplicable loss. They loved each other so much and there is no consoling my by right now. Hannah, you sweet, sweet soul - God keep you until we all meet again.
Kristine August 15, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Eveyone handles death differently. Me, I cry for everyone. Doesn't matter whose fault. I can't bear the idea of someone dying, especially so young. Some people guess why it happened, others offer advice, inspiration, fixes, or prayers. Rarely do we know why in these car accidents with teens. This was in my neighborhood and I have teenagers too. And, in February, a week after my uncle crossed the center line on Rt7, I stood with family at Shock Trauma and watched as we let my grandmom let go. My uncle never meant to hurt anyone, including the bus driver who struck his car when he cross the line, putting my granmom in direct path of a school bus. Turned out my "beanpole" healthy looking uncle was very sick and blacked out. Actually today is having yet another stent put in and may have to have bypass surgery. Thing is, because we don't know why people do what they do, we all must show care when we drive. We all must slow down and follow the speed limits. We all need to allow for driver error, whether on purpose or by accident, or just inexperience. We ALL need to appreciate the fact that car accidents happen and maybe would be less often if others of us were a bit more mindful. We are living in a rushed world. Families are grieving. Families are angry and hurt. And a young girl is no longer here. And we all vent a little differently. Some of us have filters, some of us don't. Some of us just cry for a lost life. Pray it doesn't happen in your family. It hurts.
Kirsten Dize August 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
At this time police are not sure what caused the accident. -KD
Caitlin Dixon August 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It is very upsetting to see people arguing about texrt/phone laws while driving on this post. None of this should be brought up at a time like this, I recently had a friend pass out while driving, anything could have happened. I think from now on only post about the positives. Celebrate the life Hannah had. I may not have been close to her while at the Viper gym, but no one should go soo soon, soo young. She was a very talent cheerleader, dancer, and person who had many great friends. My prayers go out to the Kriss family, the Viper family, and all her friends. Rest in peace Hannah!
Kirsten Dize August 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Thank you for your comment, SLI. -KD
Penelope Patch August 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
As a member of the John Carroll school community, my heart goes out to this family in the tragic loss of their daughter. Words cannot express what they must be going through right now. We may never fully know the circumstances. Regardless, we need to support her family and others who knew and loved her.
Loveless Family August 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Our love, hearts, and prayers are going out to the entire Kriss family. Hannah was a girl that all of the cheerleaders in the Viper gym would look up to. She was well respected as a leader, role model, and friend to all who walked into the gym, My daughter, just this past weekend, was so happy to see her again, and to be able to work with her in the gym. I pray that this family can find peace along this very long and painful road. Hannah will be missed by all who knew her.
Ralphy August 16, 2012 at 04:24 AM
It is unknown the reason why she crossed the line. That is MD STate police's job to figure that out. But in the meantime, there are several different factors. Could have been a medical emergency, could have been texting, could have been intoxicated, there are several different factors. If you remember a few years ago a police officer crashed in monmouth meadows and died, because he had a heart attack. If that happened today it would have been assumed that he was on his cell phone or the cruiser laptop. It wouldnt have been the first thought that he had a medical emergency because yes 18 year olds could have a medical emergency like this, they can come very unexpectedly. So dont be so quick on judging what this 18 YOF was doing when she crossed the yellow line because I guarentee if that was your daughter/ and or son, you wouldt assume right away that they were texting, and that you would want investigators doing the best to figure out everything, so until police figure out the cause of this crash dont assume anything because of age.
Nancymom24 August 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Ralphy, Amen.
Terri August 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
And don't forget that she was driving an old car. Steering mechanism could have broken. Tire could have blown out. I'm glad not everyone assumes it was driver error. I know the friends and family of this young girl are devastated no matter what happened. God bless all of them in their sorrow.
Cat Woods August 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I don't think a cell phone was involved because she continued on the wrong side of the road even after sideswiping the Toyota. If there was a cell phone being used, she would have changed her path after the first incident. Considering the time of day, I seriously doubt she was intoxicated. I doubt she was conscious at all. Maybe an aneurism or other medical issue.My daughter went to school with her and said she was a beautiful and popular young lady. Either way, let's give the young Miss Kriss the benefit of doubt and hold her family in our hearts.
Oksana Merryman August 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Reading this sad incident, I am just overwhelmed with emotions. Such a young girl, who lost her life. Praying for her family who has to walk through some challenging times. May God be their comfort and peace through this time and the rest of their lives on this earth.
Dawn L August 17, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I so agree with you as a parent who buried her child i do know what this family is going thru...i dont care what the cause, does it really matter, no parent should have to bury their child!! there is nothing worse my was only 20 its been 2yrs 7months 13 days and 21 hours and it still feels like yesterday the pain does not less...shame on all of those who think how it happened is the priority!!
Brandy August 17, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Dear Bob, I feel your speaking out of you're asshole.I did not know Hannah but my heart goes out to her family and friends. From what I read there was nothing about texting in the police report and for you to ASSUME is just disqusting, I am a teen myself I am a driver myself and I DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE so what makes you think she did? Not every teen text and drive, do you understand that? Do you understand that your post make NO SENSE at all? People comment on websites like theses to lift the families who lost their loved ones.. not to talk about what law needs to be more enforced. I just want you to know that ASSUMING makes an ass out of u and me, maybe you should stop assuming. To Hannah's Family and friends, Im sorry for your loss may she dance in heaven and her soul rest in piece. I do not deny Peter.
Buggles August 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
So terribly sad. I didn't know her personally but it's absolutely heartbreaking to see the life of such a young, beautiful person cut short. Rest in peace, Hanna. My heart is heavy for her family.
Tracy August 18, 2012 at 01:56 AM
A child is dead. I pray deeply for Hannah and her family. I also will pray for those of you who have posted a lot of negative comments. You need more prayers then anyone. Your lack of sensitivity is sickening and sad. You should truly be ashamed of yourselves
Bob August 18, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Dear Brandy, Since you're a teenager I'll give you a pass on the name-calling. And no, of course not every teen texts and drives....but statistics don't lie: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0608/Teen-texting-and-driving-More-than-half-admit-to-doing-it http://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cell-phone/cell-phonel-statistics.html Look, I know this a lousy time to bring this up. But if it can save lives in the future, so be it. Only the dysfunctional deny truth in times of despair.
James deal August 21, 2012 at 01:42 AM
C'mon guys we should all have a feeling of sadness Jen u hear that a young girl had passed in a car accident... And there was no sign of cellphone use in the accident but regardless she was or not we all shouldn't be calling each other out on this we should be praying for Kris's family... Not telling each other off think about wht your saying her family could be reading these comments and crying there eyes out because of people who assume there daughter was a "bad person" and practically "deserved to die" no one deserves to die that young. Even if they are the worst person in the world
Good Mom August 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM
These negative comments are horrible. A young girl died regardless of how it happened. I was disgusted yesterday when I was told by a coworker that the girl was on drugs and texting when she crashed. It was a rumor that started from her friend that read these comments on here. People need to have more empathy. What if it was your child?
Fish August 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Hannah was an amazing person. I cheered with her and she was the best dancer on the team. No pressure ever got to her and she made it look easy. Whenever the team was stressed out she would give the best pep talks and help us be ready to compete. Without her I don't know how I would have made it though. Everyone on the team was a family and we were all so close. I am still praying for her family. Heaven got a beautiful and talented angel up there and now she is in a better place to dance her heart out
Bob August 21, 2012 at 06:27 PM
yea it was definatly and cell phone come on its a 18yr old female........ uhhhh im definatly with chuck .... good call chuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jvm August 29, 2012 at 02:23 AM
"Chuckles" and "Bob" together they make a complete ass.
Linda August 30, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Bob, you should learn to spell if you want to comment and be an ass!!!
Bob August 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
FYI, this is not the same Bob as me. I never conclusively said it was a cell phone - I merely pointed out the statistical likelihood.


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