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A man was killed in a two-car crash Wednesday night in La Plata, the Maryland State Police reported.

Michael Leonard Ford, 31, of La Plata died when his silver 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer ES struck a maroon 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by Nicole Desiree Gaines, 39, of Indian Head at 8:28 p.m. Nov. 7.

Police said that Ford was speeding eastbound on Hawthorne Road near the intersection with Ripley Road when he lost control of his car and hit Gaines’ vehicle, which was traveling west.

Police listed “alcohol, speeding and failing to drive right of center” as the accident’s determining factors.

Ford died at the scene, police reported.

Gaines and a juvenile passenger in her car were taken by ambulance to Prince George’s Hospital Center’s shock trauma unit with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jeff Newman