Maryland State Police are continuing the investigation into a traffic crash that occurred on Saturday morning in Prince George’s County that killed one person and injured another, a press release states.
The deceased victim is identified as Diamond T. Hayes, 23, of Mitchellville. She was the driver and sole occupant of a 2020 Nissan Versa. Hayes was transported from the scene by Prince George’s County ambulance personnel to the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, where she later died.
The injured victim is identified as James A. Christian, 75, of Upper Marlboro. He was the driver and sole occupant of a 2019 Ford Explorer. He was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for treatment of his injuries.
A third person, identified as Charles M. Schmitt, 55, of Edgewater, was driving a 2011 Ford truck, was also involved. He reported no injuries and drove his vehicle from the scene.
According to a MSP press release, shortly after 7:35 a.m., troopers from the Forestville Barrack responded to the report of a traffic crash on the westbound side of Central Avenue at Watkins Park Drive. When troopers arrived, they found the three vehicles described above had been involved in the crash.
The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicles driven by Christian and Schmitt were stopped for a red traffic signal at the intersection of westbound Central Avenue and Watkins Park Drive. According to investigators, Hayes was traveling in the same direction, approaching the stopped vehicles, when the light changed and she made an abrupt lane change, striking the rear of the Ford Explorer. Hayes then apparently lost control of her vehicle and struck the Ford truck.
The Maryland State Police Crash Team responded and is conducting a detailed crash investigation. It is unknown at this time what the cause and contributing factors involved in the crash were. The investigation is continuing.
Two killed in crash on 301
MSP is investigating a fatal two-vehicle collision that occurred on April 4 at approximately 10:24 pm in Prince George’s County. Troopers from the MSP Forestville Barrack responded to a collision involving a 2014 Honda CR-V and a 2006 Toyota Scion.
According to a preliminary investigation, the Honda was traveling south bound on Route 301 in the area of Harbor Way, when it collided with the Scion. The driver of the Honda, identified as Elizabeth Davis, 70, of Washington, D.C., was transported to Prince George’s Hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the Scion, John Starr, 68, of Annapolis, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Route 301 south bound was closed for approximately two hours as a result of the crash, and remained partially closed for an additional hour.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Troopers struck in separate incidents
Two Maryland state troopers were struck in separate incidents while both were sitting stationary along Maryland highways this weekend.
The first incident occurred shortly after 3:30 a.m. on April 3rd, when a trooper in a marked patrol vehicle was parked on a closed ramp along southbound Rt. 295 near Annapolis Junction. The driver of a Toyota Rav4 drove through traffic cones and highway signs before striking the trooper, who was seated in the patrol car. The force of the crash pushed the patrol car out into the travel lanes of southbound Rt. 295. The trooper was transported by ambulance to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The driver of the Toyota was transported to Harbor Hospital for treatment. Charges are pending.
The second incident occurred about 7:15 p.m. on April 4th, when a trooper from the Forestville Barrack was sitting in a patrol car with its emergency lights on, at the scene of a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder of southbound I-495 at Rt. 202. The trooper was struck in the rear by a passenger vehicle. The trooper was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.
Drivers are reminded of Maryland’s move over law, which requires drivers approaching certain vehicles on the shoulder of the road from the rear to move to an adjacent lane if safe to do so, or if not, to slow to a reasonable and safe speed as they pass the scene. The law requires this action to be taken by all vehicles approaching an emergency vehicle using visual signals, as well as tow trucks, fire trucks, medical and rescue units, transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices.