PASADENA, Md. (WJZ) — Police identified the three people victims killed in a single car crash late Saturday night.
The victims were identified as 44-year-old Brian Alexander Simmons, 39-year-old Diona Trechele Baber and 41-year-old Willette Luann S. Marshall.READ MORE: Amid Driver Shortage, Maryland To Expedite Driving Tests & Credentials For School Bus Drivers
Officials said around 10:34 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a crash on westbound Route 100 near the Route 10 interchange.
The crash was witnessed by an off-duty officer who saw an SUV traveling westbound Route 100 prior to the Route 10 interchange at excessive speeds and in a reckless manner.
On the scene, early investigation revealed the SUV left the roadway and began to rotate clockwise into a grassy roadside culvert that was lined with trees.
The SUV’s tires dug into the ground as a result of the vehicle’s speed and rotation and ultimately started to overturn. The vehicle then struck a large tree and came to rest. An uprooted tree fell on top of the passenger compartment.
The witnessing off-duty officer immediately stopped and requested assistance while rendering aid to the occupants.READ MORE: Upper Marlboro Man Dionte Sims Charged With Shooting, Killing His Fiancee, Firing At Officers
Crews arrived on the scene and the three occupants of the SUV were pronounced dead.
The victims were extracted from the vehicle and transported to the medical examiners office for autopsies.
According to officials, the primary cause of the crash appears to be a failure to drive in a single lane along driving at excessive speeds — which contributed to the severity of the injuries.
Preliminary investigation also revealed that alcohol may be a factor. Toxicology results are still pending.
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