Fatal crash snags Suitland Parkway, one arrested, one at large

One person is dead after a two-car crash on Suitland Parkway at Firth Sterling Avenue (WTOP/Jamie Forzato)

WASHINGTON —  A two-car accident leaves  one person dead, another on the loose,  and another under arrest after a crash on inbound Suitland Parkway at Firth Sterling Avenue.

The crash happened at 11:45 p.m. Thursday and inbound traffic had been blocked as the investigation stretched into the Friday morning commute, but the scene was cleared by 6:30 a.m.

Lt. Ronald Wilkins, with Metropolitan Police’s special operations division says a silver Volvo traveling inbound on Suitland Parkway T-boned a dark-colored Chrysler 300 on outbound Suitland Parkway that was attempting to make a left turn onto Firth Sterling.

Wilkins told reporters the striking vehicle was speeding at the time of the crash.

Several people were trapped inside each vehicle.

A female passenger in the vehicle that was struck was transported to the hospital, where she died. The driver and two other passengers were transported in serious but stable condition, Wilkins said.

Wilkins said the driver of striking vehicle fled on foot “and he’s still at large,” although police believe he was injured because “there was a lot of blood in the car where he was.” Wilkins did not have a description of the driver’s appearance.

One passenger of the striking vehicle ran, “but he didn’t get far,” before being arrested for having a loaded gun, said Wilkins.

The remaining passenger of the silver striking vehicle was injured and is in custody, but is not currently cooperating with investigators, according to Wilkins.

Police are investigating the possibility that the speeding Volvo was fleeing a previous crime, said Wilkins.

Video cameras at the intersection likely captured the incident, said Wilkins, although investigators are just beginning to recover video and other evidence.


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