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Driver killed on US 50 EB; other car flees scene

Police helicopter search locates driver who fled the scene in a deadly crash near the I-495 Beltway early Sunday morning.
Credit: Prince George's County Police Department

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — A man whose car was hit by a pickup truck died early Sunday morning on Route 50 eastbound near the I-495 Beltway, according to Maryland State Police College Park Barracks. 

Witnesses of the crash who called police reported a person laying in the street and an overturned Chevy Silverado pickup truck. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders, was identified as John Alieu Fofana, 26, of Landover Hills, Md. 

Police said the crash happened on the inner loop of the the I-495 ramp onto eastbound Route 50, around 3:15 a.m. Nov. 14. 

After the crash, the driver of the pickup truck ran from the crash. A search by police helicopter found the driver in the woods 150 yards from the crash about 40 minutes later. Police said they believe his pickup truck hit Fofana's passenger car, before flipping over and sliding across two lanes of traffic before coming to a rest and the driver leaving.

The driver, who has been identified as Remington James Culver, 32, of Washington, D.C., was taken to University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending following the investigation. 

No passengers were involved in the crash.  A third vehicle was hit with debris and had minor damage. 

Both right on-ramps from the inner loop of the I-495 Beltway onto eastbound Route 50 were closed for about five hours. 

This is the second known death in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area this weekend that involved a hit-and-run vehicle crash. Early Saturday morning, on Nov. 13, a bicyclist was killed in Northwest D.C. while making a turn in an intersection. Police are still searching for the driver. The SUV that hit the bicyclist has not yet been located.

RELATED: Bicyclist hit by SUV in NW DC, police seek driver

More than 460 people have died this year in Maryland from vehicle crashes, according to Zero Deaths Maryland, an initiative by the state to reduce traffic-related deaths. as of Nov. 9.

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