2nd man dies after crash in Howard Co.

March 04, 2009|By From a Baltimore Sun staff report

A second person has died from injuries suffered in a crash in Howard County over the weekend, and police said additional charges likely will be brought against the driver, whom investigators suspect of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Victor Guitierrez-Almeida died early yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Howard County police said. He and Gilberto Garcia Vasquez, who died at the scene, were passengers in a car that crossed the double-yellow line on Route 32 in Dayton early Sunday and collided with a Dodge pickup truck.

The driver, Jose Rosendo Algomeda-Santiago, 20, of Mount Airy was charged Sunday with homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, among other charges, in the death of Vasquez. Police said yesterday that they expect to file additional charges related to the death of Guitierrez-Almeida, who was believed to be from Westminster.

The collision occurred about 3:55 a.m. on slick roads, police said. Algomeda-Santiago was northbound in a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta when he lost control and crossed the center line, striking a Dodge 2500 Ram pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction.

Police said a preliminary investigation led them to believe Algomeda-Santiago was under the influence of alcohol.

A third passenger in the Jetta, Gonzalo Gutierrez-Molina, 25, of Westminster, was released yesterday from Shock Trauma , police said. He had been listed in serious condition the day of the crash.

The driver of the truck, Eric Brent Fratz, 42, of Accident in Garrett County, was not injured.

Algomeda-Santiago faces 10 charges in the death of Vasquez. In addition to the homicide count, he was charged with manslaughter by motor vehicle, driving without a license and several DUI-related counts, police said. He is being held at the Howard County Detention Center on $1 million bond.

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