2 killed in Harford County car crash on Route 155

January 14, 2009|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com

Two men were killed early yesterday in Harford County after crashing their car into trees along Route 155 while evading police, Maryland State Police said.

Police identified the men yesterday afternoon as Charles Quinones, 37, of Baltimore and Willie Robertson, 74, of Bel Air.

Troopers later found more than 6 ounces of cocaine in plastic bags in the car's trunk, police said. Investigators estimate the drug's street value at $18,000.

Quinones was wanted on a felony warrant, police said.

The chase unfolded about 5 a.m. when a trooper patrolling Interstate 95 noticed a southbound vehicle with an obstructed license plate going 72 mph in a 65-mph zone, police said. The trooper activated his lights and siren.

Quinones signaled that he was pulling over, but then sped off, weaving between southbound vehicles, police said. The trooper followed, going 90 mph, but he could not keep up with the car, police said.

The trooper was about a half-mile behind the fleeing car when it swerved across several lanes, cut in front of a tractor-trailer and drove on the ramp to westbound Route 155, police said. The trooper followed and saw the wrecked car. The trooper and others tried to render aid, then called for a state police helicopter and ambulance. Medics pronounced the two men dead at the scene.

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