Press Release, Maryland State Police
(FORESTVILLE, Md.) – Maryland State Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash which left one person dead Thursday night in Prince George’s County.
Shortly before 11:40 p.m., troopers from the Forestville Barrack responded on a report of a two-vehicle crash in the center median on the outer loop of Interstate 495 at MD 414. One of the victims, a 40-year-old man, was declared deceased at the scene by crews from the Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department
According to a preliminary investigation, a black Toyota Sequoia struck the rear of a burgundy Kia Optima, which caused both vehicles to travel off the road into the median. The Kia Optima traveled off the road and ended up on top of the guardrail. The driver of the Kia Optima was the deceased victim.
The driver of the Toyota, Charles Smith, 46, of Bladensburg, Maryland, along with a female passenger, were transported by ambulance to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The Maryland State Police Crash Team is investigating this crash.
Alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor in this crash. Smith was arrested at the hospital for assaulting a security guard, disorderly conduct and impeding a criminal investigation.
Smith was taken to the Forestville Barrack for questioning. After consultation with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Smith was released but charges are pending following the conclusion of the investigation. The identity of the deceased victim is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.
The investigation continues.
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