Anne Arundel crash likely caused by officer's illegal U-turn

A relative of the two girls who were critically injured in a police-involved car crash near Glen Burnie on Saturday are expected to live, WMAR says.

The two kids - aged 4 and 11 - suffered serious injuries in the crash, which happened when Anne Arundel County Police say that an on-duty Howard County Police officer tried to make an illegal U-Turn on Route 100 near Route 10 South. It happened at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

As the officer, Symchay Kon Bendu, was making his turn, he ran head on into a car that was driving southbound. WMAR reports that charges are pending against the officer.

The two children were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center in critical condition. The driver of the car and her passenger, 31-year-old Jamie Marie Butler and 34-year-old Charlie Norfolk, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation into the crash continues, but authorities say driver error was a major contributing factor in the crash.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said in a statement that his department will cooperate fully with Anne Arundel County's investigation.

"I am thinking of the children and their family as they go through this devastating ordeal and praying for their recovery," McMahon said.

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