2 killed, 6 in­jured in crash

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice say two peo­ple were killed, six in­jured, in a fiery two-ve­hi­cle crash Satur­day night in Hugh­esville. In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the ac­ci­dent was caused by al­co­hol, speed and driver er­ror.

Au­thor­i­ties have iden­ti­fied the vic­tims as Michael Lee Simms, 49, of Linden, Va. and Lashaw­nia Inez Ha­gan, 49, of Wal­dorf, the driver and front seat pas­sen­ger of a Chevrolet Sub­ur­ban that crashed into the rear of a Jeep Chero­kee be­fore ca­reen­ing off the road­way

into a wooded area, where it struck trees, sev­ered a tele­phone pole, over­turned and caught fire, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice news re­lease.

Around 10:53 p.m. on Satur­day, Mary­land State Po­lice troop­ers and first re­spon­ders were called to Leonard­town Road, north of Crack­ling­town Road, the re­lease states. Simms and Ha­gan were pro­nounced dead on the scene, while four other oc­cu­pants of the Sub­ur­ban were helped out of the burn­ing ve­hi­cle by wit­nesses of the crash and were air­lifted to the hos­pi­tal. The driver and pas­sen­ger of the Chero­kee were also hos­pi­tal­ized with in­juries.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found that the Chero­kee had been trav­el­ing north on Leonard­town Road when it was struck from be­hind by the Sub­ur­ban, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Af­ter in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses and col­lect­ing ev­i­dence, in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve al­co­hol, speed and driver er­ror caused the crash. Au­top­sies will be con­ducted.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing con­tin­ued by Cpl. J. Zim­mer­man, a col­li­sion re­con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist as­signed to the Mary­land State Po­lice CRASH Team. Any­one who may have wit­nessed or who has in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this col­li­sion is asked to con­tact the La Plata bar­rack duty of­fi­cer at 301-392-1200 and ref­er­ence case num­ber 17MSP-015718.

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