3rd person dead after Friday crash in Montgomery Co.

A third person has died after a car crashed into several parked vehicles and caught fire Friday afternoon in Aspen Hill, Maryland, Montgomery County police said Monday.

The driver of the vehicle, Karl Neil Ross, 86, died Sunday from injuries sustained in the collision, the police said in a statement Monday.

The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. Martha Luise Ross, 78, was in the front passenger seat and Joan Williams Jenkins, 91, was in the rear passenger seat, police said.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said on Friday that first responders were called to a scene on Park Vista Drive near Hatteras Way and Running Ridge Lane around 5:30 p.m., where they found the three trapped in the burning car.

The police said that a 2018 Toyota Avalon was traveling east on Park Vista Drive toward Hatteras Way when the Avalon crossed the double yellow line and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle. After the crash, the Avalon caught fire.

All three people in the car lived in the same apartment building in the 3200 block of North Leisure World Boulevard, police said.

Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

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Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher is a freelance digital writer and editor for WTOP.com. She previously covered the 2020 election with CNN and has bylines in The Lily, WIRED, NBC Washington, The Baltimore Sun, Washington City Paper and more.

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