Woman, 25, killed in morning crash

October 22, 2007

Alcohol and speed appear to have contributed to a single-vehicle crash in Linthicum early yesterday that claimed the life of a Baltimore woman, said the state police at the Glen Burnie barracks.

Sudi Sharifa Smith, 25, of the 5200 block of St. Charles Ave., died in the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. on Baltimore-Washington Expressway near West Nursery Road.

Richard Rolanzo Queen, 38, of the 700 block of Peach Orchard Lane in Dundalk was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban northbound in the left lane when he lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the left side of the road, police said.

Police said the vehicle rotated back onto the road and overturned. Smith, who was seated in the rear and was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver and a second passenger, Lavgana Shafasha Gordon, 27, of the 3300 block of Hayward Ave., were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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