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Saturday night crash leaves car overturned, three dead with alcohol as possible factor

The crash, which toppled an off-road tree, happened on Route 100 in Anne Arundel County. Police did not provide any identifying information on three people who died.
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A D.C. police vehicle at a scene.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Three people died on Route 100 in Anne Arundel County on Saturday night after their SUV overturned after hitting “excessive speeds in a reckless manner,” officers said.

The car was headed westbound on Route 100 Northern near the Route 10 interchange. An off-duty officer saw the car barreling down the highway when it quickly left the road, rotating into the grassy roadside, lined with trees. At that point, the SUV’s tires dug into the ground and flipped upside down, crashing into a large tree, which toppled onto the passenger side of the car.

The officer who witnessed the event stopped to request assistance and provided aid to those inside the vehicle, according to the department press release. All three were pronounced dead at the crash scene, police said. 

The three people who died are Brian Alexander Simmons, 44, Diona Trechele Baber, 31, and Willette Luann S. Marshall, 41. Simmons was driving the 2017 BMW X5 Series SUV that crashed, according to police.

The direct cause of the crash appeared to be the failure to drive in a single lane and driving at excessive speeds which contributed to the severity of the injuries, police said. They added that preliminarily, alcohol use appears to have been a factor, with Toxicology results pending. 

A different Maryland accident left another dead on Friday. 

Police say a 22-year-old man who was walking in the middle of Baltimore Avenue in Prince George's County was hit by a car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Maryland State Police troopers responded to Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) at Mulberry Street in Laurel, Maryland, for a reported pedestrian-involved crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that a man wearing all dark clothing was walking on the double yellow line of Baltimore Avenue with his back toward oncoming traffic when he was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta and killed, troopers said.

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