Maryland State Police Beat / Rhiannon Griffin’s effort to dodge errant SUV was in vain, killed in a head-on crash
HERMANVILLE, MD. — The Maryland State Police report that a motorist did everything possible to avoid an oncoming vehicle including leaving the road and veering on the shoulder of Rt. 235, all to no avail, dying when she was hit head on.
Police report that on Friday, September 8, 2017, at approximately 3:09 pm, Troopers from the Leonardtown barrack responded to MD Route 235 at Poplar Ridge Road, in Hermanville, Md. for a report of a head on collision.
Police report that an investigation revealed a white GMC Terrain, operated by Sierra Yobani Hernandez, 28, of Danville, Va., was traveling southbound on MD Route 235, north of Poplar Ridge Road when for an unknown reason the Terrain traveled head on into oncoming traffic.
A second vehicle, a green Ford Ranger operated by Rhiannon Marie Griffin, 27, of California, Md., was traveling northbound on MD Route 235, south of Poplar Ridge Road. Based on statements made by witnesses, Griffin attempted to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the Terrain. Griffin attempted to pull to the shoulder of the road, but the Terrain continued onto the shoulder, striking the Ranger head on.
Griffin was pronounced deceased on scene and Hernandez was flown to Prince George’s Shock Trauma. At the time Hernandez was flown he was listed in stable condition.
Police say that the crash is under investigation, anyone with information is urged to contact Trooper J. Mulhearn at 301-475-8955.
“Rhiannon was taken from this life in an auto accident last night. I don’t know what to write, words just don’t come to me to be able to express the loss I feel.”
Rhiannon Griffin’s father Brad posted the following on his Facebook page:
“My little girl – Rhiannon and I toasting in the new year 2017. Rhiannon was taken from this life in an auto accident last night. I don’t know what to write, words just don’t come to me to be able express the loss I feel. It’s amazing how fragile life can be and how it can be ended in a second. Rhiannon was so young and there was still a lot to come for her. I was looking forward to watching her grow and mature and waiting to see where life would take her. She was in the Navy for 7 years and had already traveled the world. She already had had some adventures and I was hoping she would have many more. I’m so sorry we didn’t have more time Rhiannon. You weren’t supposed to go before me. I should have gone first to welcome you. But be with God now my little girl, wait for me. I’ll see you on the other side.”