2 killed in accident in Queen Anne's County

State police looking at alcohol, speed and lack of seatbelts

August 01, 2010|By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland state police Sunday evening were looking for witnesses to a two-car collision in Queen Anne's County in which two men died and two other people were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Sunday after Victor A. Smith, 41, of Annapolis, driving a black BMW north on Route 8 near Great Neck Road in Stevensville, lost control of his car and crossed a double yellow line, according to a preliminary investigation by state police. Two of his passengers were killed, but he survived.

Smith had "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" according to police. Investigators also believe he was speeding.

Meanwhile, Agnes C. Phelps, 46, of Stevensville was driving alone southbound on Route 8, and tried to avoid the out-of-control BMW by pulling over to the shoulder, according to police. The BMW hit her anyway and the impact of the crash caused both cars to spin off the road.

Both drivers survived the crash and were being treated for injuries Sunday evening, state police said.

Reginald L. Dean, 35, of Annapolis was thrown from the front seat; Teshawn D. Parker, 33, was partially ejected from the rear seat. Nobody in the BMW was wearing seatbelts, according to state police.

State police shut down Route 8 for about four hours while they investigated the crash scene.

Investigators want to interview additional witnesses, including the driver of a black minivan that briefly stopped at the accident then left.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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