Deadly crash blamed on aggressive driving

Police seek second driver linked to early-morning accident in Anne Arundel

October 08, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police believe an accident that killed two people yesterday morning in Gambrills was caused by the aggressive behavior of two drivers - one of whom died when he lost control of his car and slammed into two other vehicles.

Troopers said they would display a message board this morning at the accident scene, on Route 32 near Interstate 97, urging witnesses to come forward if they have information about the accident, particularly about the second driver.

Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a spokesman for the state police, said speed and unsafe lane changes led to the 6:50 a.m. accident, which tied up traffic for more than three hours.

Killed in the accident was Christopher S. Browning, 24, of the 900 block of Gambrills Lane and Jose C. Jarmillo-Arroyo, 18, of the 6500 block of Quiet Hours in Columbia. Cristobal C. Sanchez, 28, of the same Columbia address, was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The relationship between Jarmillo-Arroyo and Sanchez was unclear.

Rouse said several witnesses gave the following account of the accident:

A car described as a dark-colored or black Chevrolet Impala was speeding west on Route 32 when it cut off another speeding car, a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by Browning. Rouse said the cars had been darting in and out of traffic.

Browning apparently slammed his brakes and lost control of the car, which careened across the center line into eastbound traffic, where it clipped a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and slammed sideways into the front of a 1991 Mazda 626 driven by Sanchez, and in which Jarmillo-Arroyo was a passenger.

The driver of the Impala continued west without stopping, according to state police.

The driver of the Silverado, Richard L. Dykes Jr., 37, of the 500 block of Serenity Court in Odenton, was not seriously injured, Rouse said.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call state police at 410-761-5130.

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