A 12-year-old girl has died after the car she was driving ran off the road and struck a tree in Columbia, Maryland.
Howard County police say the girl was driving a Toyota Corolla on Broken Land Parkway around 2 a.m. Sunday when the accident occurred just south of Cradlerock Way.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger, 36, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries.
Southbound Broken Land Parkway was closed between Cradlerock Way and Snowden River Parkway for approximately four hours.
Police were investigating Sunday why the 12-year-old was behind the wheel.