Three people are dead after an attempt to flee a Maryland State trooper in Charles County resulted in a car hitting a concrete median, becoming airborne and hitting a tree.
WASHINGTON — Three people are dead after a police pursuit ended in a crash early Saturday morning in Charles County.
The deceased have been identified as Luis Daboin, 24, of Hughsville, Maryland. The other two men, believed to have been visiting Daboin from North Carolina, were identified as Sollan Belina, 28, and Joseph Nystrom, 24.
A Maryland State Police trooper attempted to pull over a 2013 Honda Civic driven by Belina at around 2 a.m. for “numerous traffic violations” on Old Washington Road in Waldorf, Maryland, police said in a statement.
The Honda drove through a red light and on the wrong side of the road for at least 300 yards, police say. As police pulled behind the Honda to initiate a traffic stop, the Honda abruptly swerved to the correct side of the road.
Police say Belina pulled over to the shoulder briefly, as if to stop for the trooper, but then accelerated hard, fleeing the traffic stop.
The chase continued southbound on Route 925. As the Honda entered Billingsley Road, it struck a concrete median and went airborne. The Honda landed in a grassy area in front of a Wawa but continued until it crashed head on into a tree.
Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash, police say. All three men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call 301-392-1200.
Below is a map of the area where police say the car landed.
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