Two killed in Anne Arundel collision Wednesday
La Plata High alumna dead on scene, infant son injured
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.