Two teen-agers died early yesterday after the car they were in skidded, struck a curb and a tree, then burst into flames on Governor War field Parkway, county authorities said.
Martin A. Briggs, 18, of the 7600 block of Weather Worn Way in Kings Contrivance and Randy Rondell Jennings, 18, of the 11200 block of Avalanche Way in Hickory Ridge were pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. Mr. Briggs was the driver of the 1992 GEO Storm, and Mr. Jennings was the front seat passenger.
Both men suffered burns and multiple injuries, said Lt. Robert Wiseman, a spokesman for the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services.
"The car was fully involved in fire upon the arrival of our first engine company," Lieutenant Wiseman said. "The gas tank ruptured on impact."
Sixteen firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the fire, said.
The single-car crash occurred about 1:30 a.m. as Mr. Briggs drove south on Little Patuxent Parkway at a high rate of speed, police said. He lost control of the car as he entered the ramp to go westbound on Governor Warfield Parkway, near Windstream
The car began skidding, struck a curb along a median and then slammed into a tree, police said.
Flames engulfed the car with both occupants inside.
Police said speed was a major factor in the crash.
The car was traveling at least 60 mph in a 35-mph zone, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman. The men were not wearing seat belts, police said.
It was unclear if alcohol was a factor, police said. An autopsy was to be performed today.