Man, 66, dies in multiple-vehicle crash in Pasadena

Victim's car struck in rear

November 29, 2011|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

A 66-year-old Prince George's County man was killed in a multiple-vehicle crash Monday along Route 100 near Quarterfield Road in Pasadena.

John Frederick Cornelius of Fort Washington died at University of Maryland Shock Trauma, where he was taken shortly after the 7:12 p.m. accident.

Speed and aggressive driving on the part of Zachary Adam Covington, 25, of Springfield, Va., were contributing factors in the crash, investigators said. Charges have not been filed.

Covington, who was driving a BMW, had cut off several vehicles as he merged onto the highway, police said. He also had struck a pick-up truck minutes before hitting the rear of Cornelius' vehicle, police said. The impact of the collision forced Cornelius' Nissan off and then back on to the highway, where it overturned in a travel lane, police said.

Covington and the truck driver were not injured in the crash.

Anne Arundel County Police's Traffic Safety Section is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information on the accidents should contact Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

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