Two killed in Anne Arun­del col­li­sion Wed­nes­day

La Plata High alumna dead on scene, in­fant son in­jured

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Two peo­ple were killed af­ter a Sal­is­bury woman al­legedly drove head-on into an­other car while trav­el­ing west­bound in the east­bound lane of Route 50 in Annapolis Wed­nes­day.

Laura Ash­ley Mur­phy, 22, a 2012 alumna of La Plata High School, the driver of a black 2017 Volk­swa­gen Tiguan, was pro­nounced dead on the scene. Mary­land State Po­lice said Mur­phy was driv­ing west­bound in the east­bound lanes of Route 50, one quar­ter mile east of the Sev­ern River Bridge, when she struck a sil­ver 2016 Mercedes SUV trav­el­ing east head on at ap­prox­i­mately 1:30 p.m.

The driver of the Mercedes, Robert Skid­more, 66, of Cape St. Clair, was trapped in­side his ve­hi­cle. He was ex­tri­cated at ap­prox­i­mately 4 p.m. and trans­ported via mede­vac to R. Adams Cow­ley Shock Trauma Cen­ter, where he was later pro­nounced dead by emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel.

A 14-month-old in­fant, Mur­phy’s son, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, was also flown via mede­vac to John Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal, where he is be­ing treated for his in­juries.

A third ve­hi­cle, a 2016 Nis­san 350-Z, was also in­volved in the crash. The driver, An­thony Stan­ley, 59, of Bowie, was un­in­jured.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, it is un­known at this time why Mur­phy was driv­ing west­bound in the east­bound lane, or where she ini­tially en­tered Route 50.

The MSP Crash Team is con­duct­ing a de­tailed crash re­con­struc­tion ac­cord­ing to po­lice, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

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