DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Four people were killed when a teen drove the wrong way down Route 50 in Davidsonville. Now there’s new insight into what caused that tragic crash.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest on the investigation.

Toxicology reports show the teenaged driver who was going the wrong way was under the influence, and so was the driver she hit.

For 15 minutes, drivers frantically called 911 to report a car driving the wrong direction on Interstate 97 and Route 50.

“I don’t think they had a clue they’re on the wrong side of the road,” said one caller.

But police didn’t catch up to Brittany Walker, 19, before she crashed head-on into a BMW.

She died, along with 18-year-old passengers Breanna Franco and Zachary Rose. The other driver, 55-year-old Terry Davis, was also killed.

Now investigators say both drivers were under the influence.

“She was driving on the wrong side of the highway. And I don’t know if alcohol was related or not, I just don’t know,” said Brittany’s grandfather Norman Walker before the toxicology reports were released.

Walker’s family struggles to figure out why the teen was on the wrong side of the road. The family of Terry Davis wants to know where were the police.

“Why weren’t the cops there to stop them before they hit Terry?” said Alice Davis, victim’s mother.  “Any car, any car that night. It could have been anybody they passed.”

Sam Wyatt was nearly caught up in the crash.

“Adrenaline takes over and I’m going into survival mode at this point,” Wyatt recalled.

He swerved just in time to avoid being hit by Walker’s car.

Wyatt was along I-97 North when the Chrysler flew by him going the wrong direction. It would go just five more miles before the crash.

“Either they’re looking to hit someone or they’re just that far out of control,” Wyatt said.

Now he’s relieved he wasn’t hit and his heart goes out to the families of those killed.

WJZ has learned Brittany Walker was ticketed in 2010 for going 91 mph on a 65 mph road. Investigators say a small amount of marijuana was also found in Walker’s car.

Comments (55)
  1. adrian says:

    Truthfully, both of these drivers were likely good people. Unfortunately, one was really young, got really drunk and made a REALLY bad decision. Does that mean she’s evil or stupid? No, just immature and reckless in one, very important moment. Not enough to damn her soul but certainly enough to take her life and those around her. With the preponderance of alcohol related fatalities and youth, I’m starting to believe that we need to take preventative measures other than education. IE mandatory ignition sensors for all vehicles operated by those under 21. Built in, hands free sensors will be available pretty soon. Perhaps installed at guardians/drivers expense before issuing insurance or a license to a teen. Teenagers on the whole just shouldn’t be trusted with something as dangerous as a car without more precaution…..loaded gun with statistics to prove it.

  2. Susan says:

    Unfortunate for all families involved…BUT..the female teen driver was underage and had alcohol in her system..strike one. Strike two she was driving on the wrong side of the road on a divided lane interstate. Strike three, she and her friends who should have noticed what was going on if they were sober paid the ultimate price. She alone bore the responsiblity for the death of all involved. With the previous incident of grossly speeding should have been a clue to someone that she had no business driving a vehicle. She had no respect for the law or for llife it seems.

    1. MRC says:

      Thank You. Exactly

  3. Nick says:

    Has anyone thought that maybe…just maybe…the two passengers where sleeping????….(not listening to loud music and partying as one would at first think)…If they were all intoxicated from a party…it was dark….it was really late…maybe the passengers were just passed out….!….The driver…alone…gets on a highway….realizes…she is lost…like many of us she then says to herself…well…I will wait for the next exit…or SIGN…to help find my way…on and on she drives and there are no signs…(because they are all facing the wrong way)…she is probably half asleep too…and barely notices people flashing lights…until one is in her dashboard…why was this child out at this hour, and given alcohol…and a car…?…Chile just pasted a law of zero tolerance…if you get caught drinking while driving…you lose your license for life…if you have an accident its mandatory 14 years in prison…regardless of whether or not you hurt somebody…WE do need to re-examine the problem…!

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