Prince George's police investigate auto death

March 06, 2014|By Luke Lavoie,

Prince George's County police are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Contee Road in Laurel on Wednesday, according to the department's blog. 

The victim is identified as Maurice Michael Barnes, 32, of the 13100 block of Larchdale Road in Laurel, police said.

According to police, patrol officers were called to the 8600 block of Contee Road to a report of a car accident around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police said both of the drivers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and  Barnes later died of his injuries. Police said the second driver, who was not identified, is expected to survive.

There were no passengers in either car, police said.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicates Barnes was driving westbound on Contee Road when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the second car head on.  

Police said they believe speed was a factor. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-306-5640.

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